Cooper Tire, union agree on tentative pact

By Tyrel Linkhorn,

A tentative contract agreement is in place that could end the months-long lockout at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s Findlay tire plant, union officials said Thursday.

Patrick Gallagher, a union subdirector for the United Steelworkers, said the two sides reached the tentative agreement about 3 p.m. Thursday after nearly three days of talks.

Details of the agreement, including the length of the contract, were not released.

Cooper’s 1,050 factory workers have been locked out since Nov. 28.

It was not possible to confirm the tentative agreement with Cooper. Company officials did not respond to messages seeking comment Thursday afternoon.

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