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Union Approves Concessions at Texarkana Cooper Tire Plant

There are 14 comments on the ArkansasBusiness.com story from Dec 15, 2008, titled Union Approves Concessions at Texarkana Cooper Tire Plant. In it, ArkansasBusiness.com reports that:

Union members at the Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. factory in Texarkana have voted overwhelmingly to approve a three-year contract laden with concessions as part of an effort to keep the plant operating.

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Since: Oct 08

Albany, GA

#1 Dec 15, 2008
So the Mississippi and Arkansas Coopers have made offers to fight for their plants. What has Albany offered?
Harry Johnson

Excelsior, MN

#2 Dec 16, 2008
We have "I love Cooper" signs ... Whomever came up with this stupid idea should be sacked before they screw up anything else.

Since: Oct 08

Albany, GA

#3 Dec 16, 2008
And bows! Don't forget the pretty bows!

How about Cooper TIRES?? How many of THOSE do we see on our city and county vehicles?

Since: Sep 07

Leesburg, GA

#4 Dec 16, 2008
Mallory64 wrote:
And bows! Don't forget the pretty bows!
How about Cooper TIRES?? How many of THOSE do we see on our city and county vehicles?
Excellent point. Maybe Mr. Lott will hire an out-of-town consultant to find out.
Satish Chopra

Excelsior, MN

#5 Dec 16, 2008
Cooper wont leave.
leave where

Hollywood, AL

#6 Dec 16, 2008
Satish Chopra wrote:
Cooper wont leave.
won't leave where?

Since: Aug 08

Albany, GA

#7 Dec 17, 2008
Satish Chopra wrote:
Cooper wont leave.
Uh, it left.

http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp...
FormerAlbanian

Albany, GA

#8 Dec 17, 2008
Albany must take an objective look at why large employers like Cooper are leaving the area and no new industry is locating there. The number one reason is an incredibly high crime rate followed closely by an uneducated population. Until community leaders openly admit and diligently work on these two problems, the steady decline in Albany will continue.
Jason

Albany, GA

#9 Dec 17, 2008
Maybe Cooper Tire will get what they deserve in the long run. I cannot understand why keep a union plant open in this tough economy. About the time the Albany plant is shut down, the other 2 union plants will begin their process of driving wages up again. And guess what, they have Cooper Tire by the balls now. If 2 of the 3 go on strike, it will royally screw the company up. Stupid Stupid Stupid. If you have Cooper stock, let it go now. Once profit goes up, union greed goes up, wages go up. I give them 1 year and 2 of the 3 remainig (union plants) will be on strike costing the stockholders millions.
texarkana union member

Hollywood, AL

#10 Dec 17, 2008
no wonder you lost your job. Both union plants have new 3 year contracts they cant strike. You lost your job because you were making an inferer product. But I am sorry That you lost your job.
Timer55

Excelsior, MN

#11 Dec 17, 2008
FormerAlbanian wrote:
Albany must take an objective look at why large employers like Cooper are leaving the area and no new industry is locating there. The number one reason is an incredibly high crime rate followed closely by an uneducated population. Until community leaders openly admit and diligently work on these two problems, the steady decline in Albany will continue.
That cannot happen until some honesty, integrity and competency comes back to community government. The excessively health care costs charged by Phoebe and the poor impression conveyed by Adams and company were also big factors.

City Commission, you share much of the blame by renewing Al Lott's contract. Lott is utterly incompetent and he lies to justify untenable and ridiculous positions. If you want to keep businesses here, Lott and everyone he has hired MUST GO NOW and we must get some competent people into the positions of Economic Development and Downtown Development!!!!

Or we can keep Lott and Adams in office and watch this community disintegrate completely in 2009. How many major employers have we lost since Lott and Adams infected our community?
Jason

Augusta, GA

#12 Dec 17, 2008
Okay. Let's say it's 3 years. Wow. Strike in 3 years then. You'll still cost the company millions. Unions are ridiculous. Maybe years ago, they were necessary. But, with changes and protections provided by federal law, they should be a thing of the past. Everyone should focus on their job and if they don't do their damn job, fire them. Look at what unions did to manufacturing across the country. A prime example is the auto industry. I think the federal government should let them fall on their a$$e$ and go out of business. Don't bail them out. Unions tend to drive wages up and drive jobs overseas. That's why this country is in the shape it's in. Thanks Mr. UNION.
Texarkana Union Member

Hollywood, AL

#13 Dec 17, 2008
I agree with you, Jason, on what you are saying, but the reason I am saying what I did about your first post is because you were slamming us because you lost your job, and it is not our fault. The quality of the Albany plant's product is what shut Albany down, not the fact that you are either union or non-union. The Albany plant has struggled since Cooper has owned it with quality.
Husker Du

Chicago, IL

#14 Dec 7, 2009
It's George Bush's fault because he didn't sign the Kyoto treaty.

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