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Titan Tire Locks Out 1,000 Workers Nationwide

Mon, 12/20/2010 - 3:33am

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Titan Tire has stopped work at three plants in Illinois, Iowa and Ohio amid contract talks with union members.

Quincy, Ill.-based Titan closed plants in Freeport, Ill., Des Moines and Bryan, Ohio, as of 11 p.m. Friday.

Titan has been in negotiations with the United Steelworkers union for several months. No agreement has been reached.

CEO and Chairman Morry Taylor tells the (Freeport) Journal-Standard that negotiations have great, but it's time for union members to make a decision.

The union has criticized the company for locking out 1,000 of its members the week before Christmas.

Jim Robinson, chairman of the union's negotiating committee, called the lockout "completely unnecessary and entirely premature."

Robinson says union members will vote on the proposed contracts on Thursday.

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