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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
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.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204319004...





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

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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 09:35 PM
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1. Solidarity my brothers and sisters.
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 10:49 PM
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2. I know what it feels like to be locked out and see scabs cross the picket lines. Despicable class
traitors.
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:50 AM
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3. Solidarity indeed. Someone needs to be taking plenty of pictures of
scabs for later identification and blacklisting.

No reason on earth why people who would drink your blood should ever have the privilege of working again.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 01:42 AM
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4. Recommended because I hate both new school labor brawls and the WSJ.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 11:02 AM
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5. I am buying Coopers in the spring for our car. Where can I find a list of the
tire sizes this plant makes? Thanks.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:44 PM
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12. start here
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 11:54 AM
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6. K and R for the Union
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jdadd Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:38 PM
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7. Solidarity With my Union Bros and sisters....
Retired URW USW Here..... :thumbsup: :fistbump:
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 01:37 PM
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8. Every scab is a contributor to the downward spiral of the ranks of the middle class



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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 01:44 PM
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9. "temporary workers" my ass
Call em what they are...fucking SCABS!!!! :grr:
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cap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 04:25 PM
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10. Ummm....like where is the brawl?
Maybe it's me ... But workers standing around a fire, holding signs, and catcalling scabs is hardly a brawl.

I mean, isnt there supposed to be a bit of pushing and shoving and man handling before you can call it a brawl?

Just wsj twisting the facts
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cap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 04:25 PM
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11. Ummm....like where is the brawl?
Maybe it's me ... But workers standing around a fire, holding signs, and catcalling scabs is hardly a brawl.

I mean, isnt there supposed to be a bit of pushing and shoving and man handling before you can call it a brawl?

Just wsj twisting the facts
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:47 PM
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13. Fucking scabs. eom.
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Brigid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 03:16 PM
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14. Dear WSJ. writer:
Where the hell did you go to school? You call this a "labor brawl?" Try the Pullman strike, or the 1937 Flint sit-down strike, or the granddaddy of them all, the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain. Check out wikipedia's "organized labor" portal for further details.
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