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Published February 23 2012

‘Journey for Justice’ continues despite potential end to Cooper Tire lockout

MADISON, Wis. – Despite reports that a tentative agreement has been reached to end the lockout at Cooper Tire & Rubber, the “Journey for Justice” road trip continued, stopping here Thursday night, according to a union member on the trip.

Called “From Fargo to Findlay: A Journey for Justice,” four locked-out Cooper workers were joined by four locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers for a six-day, 1,000-mile road trip to draw attention to the grievances of locked-out workers.

Reached by cell phone Thursday night, Zack Rearick with the United Steelworkers union confirmed that a tentative agreement was in place to end the lockout at Cooper, which has been ongoing since November.

Despite the agreement, the “Journey for Justice” schedule has not been affected by the proposed deal, Rearick said. Locked-out workers stopped in Madison on Thursday night, and will travel to Milwaukee today.

The Cooper agreement will reportedly be presented to the 1,000 locked-out workers on Saturday, with a vote set for Monday at the union hall in Findlay, Ohio.

A closing “Journey for Justice” rally is scheduled the same day in Findlay.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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