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Locked-out Cooper Tire Workers Approve Ohio Deal

Union members at Cooper Tire in northwest Ohio have agreed on a five-year contract with the company that ends
a three-month lockout.

Multiple media outlets report that workers approved the contract last night by a vote of 627 to 321.

More than 1,000 workers at the plant in Findlay were locked out in November. They had rejected an earlier contract offer, saying they were upset over proposed pay cuts and increased health care costs.

WTOL in Toledo reports that workers hired since 2009 will only receive 85 percent of earned wages instead of the 100 percent that "veteran" workers receive under the new contract.

The company said in a statement that it believes the new proposal allows the manufacturer to maintain competitive productivity, and a return-to-work plan should come this week.