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Cooper Tyre Clarksdale and USW ink new labour contract

By Simon Warburton | 18 February 2019

Cooper Tyre says members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 556L in Clarksdale, Mississippi, have ratified a new four-year labour agreement, which covers more than 40 USW union adherents.

"We are pleased a contract was reached that works for the company and our union members," said USW Local 556L president, Joseph Qualls.

"This is an example of labour and management working together in a positive way to move the Clarksdale facility forward into the future."

For his part, Clarksdale plant manager, Fred Doster added: "Cooper welcomes the ratification of this new collective bargaining agreement.

"We commend the union for working together with the company to address what is important to employees and to the global competitiveness of the Clarksdale plant."

The news comes swiftly on the heels of the recent agreement between Cooper Tyre and United Steelworkers Local 752L in Texarkana, Arkansas, which ratified a new four-year labour deal, covering more than 1,400 USW members.