COPY-Ark. union members to vote on Cooper Tire contract

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - United Steel Workers members in Texarkana are scheduled to vote on a tentative contract agreement with Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

The Texarkana Gazette ( reports that members of the union's Local 752L are scheduled to vote between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.

The company and union officials announced a 4-year deal on Jan. 19. Details of the proposal won't be released until after members vote.

When the sides last negotiated in 2008, the union agreed to a salary freeze and other concessions to try to avert the plant's closure. Cooper Tire eventually closed its Albany, Ga,, plant and kept open factories in Texarkana, Findlay, Ohio, and Tupelo, Miss.

Cooper Tire ordered the lockout of more than 1,000 union members in Findlay because they rejected a tentative agreement.

Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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