Cooper Tire attacks its Middle-class workers

August 25, 2009
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., the Findlay-based second-largest U.S. tiremaker, said it opposes levying tariffs on Chinese tires, breaking with its union workers who asked President Barack Obama to cap surging imports. http://www.ohio.com/news/top-stories/cooper-opposes-china-tire-tariffs-1...

Free trade agreements of the past three administrations have closed 50,000 American factories over the last decade while our trading partners use unfair tactics to export their products here. The Chinese are targeting industry after industry to kill off American manufacturing by using slave labor, skirting environmental protection, and currency manipulation. Cooper wants to import cheap foreign made tires while either laying off its American workers or relegating them to a poverty wage that Findlay and Ohio will end up supporting .

Three years ago, the United Steelworkers Local 207L accepted $30 million in concessions after the company began a “review” of its cost structures with the aim of shutting its least profitable US plant. Among other concessions, the USW accepted a two-tier wage system that pays new workers around $13 an hour, half of what long-term workers earn. After attaining these givebacks, as well as large tax breaks from state and local governments, management decided to close its Albany, Georgia plant instead.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/dec2011/ohio-d09.shtml

Cooper employees gave major concessions three years ago when the company was not profitable now the company is profitable and still it hires a closer CEO to ruin the lives of hard working Middle class Americans. Where are the public unions in support of these manufacturing workers? We supported SB5. This affects you as more and more workers make less and less, so goes state & local revenues.

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The Findlay Courier
December 07, 2011
Cooper talks at impasse
http://www.thecourier.com/Issues/2011/Dec/07/ar_news_120711_story1.asp?d...
Comments:
SICKOFITALL wrote:
WAKE UP FINDLAY!!
“ CHRIS OSTRANDER IS HERE TO RUIN YOUR CITY AND TAKE COOPER AWAY FROM YOU!! YOU SHOULD ALL BE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! SHAME ON YOU FOR SAYING IT IS THE UNION GREED!! HE HASN'T EVEN BEEN HERE A YEAR AND DOESN'T HAVE ANY VESTED INTEREST IN OUR CITY!!
HE'S TRYING TO RUIN FINDLAY AND PUT
1050 HARD WORKING INDIVIDUALS OUT OF
WORK!! CAN'T YOU ALL SEE WHAT HE IS
DOING????? HE'LL DO WHAT HE WANTS AND THEN HE'LL PACK UP AND BE ON HIS WAY TO THE NEXT COMPANY HE IS GOING TO
DESTROY!! STAND UP FOR FINDLAY PEOPLE!!

"This was a difficult decision," said Chris Ostrander, general manager, Eaton's Fuel Emission and Safety Controls business. "We believe, however, that this move will make us more competitive and strategically positioned to grow our business and serve our global customers."

Eaton acquired the Oxford facility, located at 575 S. Glaspie St., when it purchased Saturn Electronics & Engineering, Inc.'...s fuel components division back in May.

The Oxford facility primarily manufactures fuel containment valves, which enhance vehicle safety in the event of a rollover or crash, and fuel shut-off valves to prevent splash back and vapor release during refueling.

Chrysler and Ford are Eaton's two largest customers, according to Parks.

As part of the Oxford closure, Eaton plans to move its manufacturing operations to an existing company facility in Reynosa, Mexico. Engineering, testing and prototype development will be relocated to the Eaton Innovation Center in Southfield ”

http://www.thecourier.com/Issues/2011/Dec/07/ar_news_120711_story1.asp?d...

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These guys should sit out there with arms linked until the company gets the message. And if the company picks up and moves to another country then these guys should erect a monument on the spot to honor their stand.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Falling wages is the only reality. You can't keep earning a high wage in comparison to the world's labor force, while also massively purchasing the products of that world labor.

Those who resist are only going to end up in remarkably perverse socio-economic conditions.

So many parallels here. So many unions have gone down this road. Where's AP Parts Coyote? I am sure they demonstrated a good position to the company that later moved it's manufacturing.

A friend of mine in Fulton County had a similar story. He and his associates made brake components in Higby for ITT. They demanded high wages as well. Some even told the bosses at ITT where to go, much like at Cooper tire. The only one to keep his job from that labor management conflict was the business manager for the union.

Great tactics!

Mr. Apathy

Occupy Cooper Tire

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Occupy Cooper Tire with replacement workers!

Since the term "middle-class" seems to be thrown around by the Occupiers, Obama, news media, etc., I would really love to have a definition for it. Do you have to be in a union to be "middle class"? Do you have to have a household income of $40,000? $50,000? Are benefits included in determining "middle class"? Do you have to be a production worker to be "middle class"?

Ever wonder why 1) Rallies are only held for union workers and 2) There never is a need to have a "lockout" at a non-union facility?

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST39000003

With 9% if middle class Ohioans out of work due to the Democraps screwing up the economy, that equals 525698 unemployed Ohioans more than eaget to take those Cooper Tire jobs away from the crybaby commie pinkos holding Cooper hostage.

FIRE ALL THE DEAD WEIGHT UNION HACK MORONS. There are too may people willing to work for Cooper Tire without a Union controlling their actions.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

A friend of mine in a union calls the recent status movement a "Right to Work for Less" status. Sadly for him, he's only half right. We're going to retain more jobs, and it was always immoral to force employee candidates to join a union to work in any particular place.

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