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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 08:45 PM
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Old-School Labor Brawl Erupts at Ohio Tire Plant
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Source: WSJ (Google title for full article)

Dozens of workers at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. huddled around fire barrels outside the company's manufacturing plant here and jeered as temporary workers were bused in to do their jobs.

The scene this week has taken on the trappings of a 1960s battle: failed mediation, a lockout, sign-waving picketers, replacement workers and accusations flying on both sides. It is unusual at a time of high unemployment and labor peace in the auto industry.

The clash between Cooper and its 1,050 union workers may signal a return to a more combative tone in the America's industrial heartland as manufacturers look to lock in the wage cuts negotiated during the last recession and workers seek to recoup what they ceded.

Three years ago, as the company tried to dig out of a financial hole, Cooper workers represented by the United Steelworkers union agreed to forgo raises and accepted a two-tiered wage system that started new hires at lower wages. Now, with Cooper profitable again, the union has pushed for a return to a single wage rate for all workers and lower health-care costs.

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Cooper Tire workers picket outside the Findlay, Ohio, tire plant. (Jeff Bennett/WSJ)

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  -Old-School Labor Brawl Erupts at Ohio Tire Plant alp227  Dec-07-11 08:45 PM   #0 
  - Solidarity my brothers and sisters.  Arctic Dave   Dec-07-11 09:35 PM   #1 
  - I know what it feels like to be locked out and see scabs cross the picket lines. Despicable class  Citizen Worker   Dec-07-11 10:49 PM   #2 
  - Solidarity indeed. Someone needs to be taking plenty of pictures of  plumbob   Dec-08-11 12:50 AM   #3 
  - Recommended because I hate both new school labor brawls and the WSJ.  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 01:42 AM   #4 
  - I am buying Coopers in the spring for our car. Where can I find a list of the  sarcasmo   Dec-08-11 11:02 AM   #5 
  - start here  alp227   Dec-09-11 12:44 PM   #12 
  - K and R for the Union  Kingofalldems   Dec-08-11 11:54 AM   #6 
  - Solidarity With my Union Bros and sisters....  jdadd   Dec-08-11 12:38 PM   #7 
  - Every scab is a contributor to the downward spiral of the ranks of the middle class  Bozita   Dec-08-11 01:37 PM   #8 
  - "temporary workers" my ass  guitar man   Dec-08-11 01:44 PM   #9 
  - where is the brawl?  cap   Dec-08-11 04:25 PM   #10 
  - where is the brawl?  cap   Dec-08-11 04:25 PM   #11 
  - Fucking scabs. eom.  Hotler   Dec-09-11 12:47 PM   #13 
  - Dear WSJ. writer:  Brigid   Dec-09-11 03:16 PM   #14 

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