Titan Tire Corp. has locked out 370 union members in Bryan, Ohio, after failing to negotiate a new contract.
The lockout began at 11:59 p.m. Friday, when a 30-day contract extension expired, said Ken Looney, a board member with United Auto Workers Local 890L.
Looney declined to give details of the companys contract offer or which broad areas are sources of disagreement, citing a policy set by the unions board.
We have their final offer, and we will be voting on it Thursday. I cant say anything else, he said, also declining to say whether the union considered scheduling the vote earlier.
A Dec. 14 post on the unions website said, We have met with the company for two days now and we have long way to go before reaching an agreement. We are going through economics and the company has proposed major concessions in almost everything except hourly pay grades. We will continue to keep working through the issues and do the best we can.
A woman in Titans Des Moines, Iowa, corporate communications office said Monday afternoon she couldnt comment on the lockout.
Titan Tire is a subsidiary of Titan International Inc., a publicly traded company based in Quincy, Ill.
On Saturday, the United Auto Workers union condemned Titans lockout of about 1,000 members at the companys plants in Bryan, Des Moines and Freeport, Ill.
The companys actions came despite the union informing the company that it would hold information meetings and a vote on the companys proposal for contracts covering the three facilities within the next week, the UAW said in a prepared statement.
Titan warned the union to expect members to be turned away when they reported for work, Looney said.
Union leaders posted the following on their website on Thursday: We were told today that we are going to be locked out Friday at midnight. We will be setting up picket duty Saturday at 12:01 a.m. I want to remind everyone, we do not want to do anything on the line that will cause someone to get into legal trouble or terminated.
Local 890L represents 240 active workers and 130 on layoff, Looney said. The locals motto, according to its website, is: Remember: United we bargain. Divided we beg!
Looney, a tire builder, has worked for the company 23 years. He declined to give a pay range for union members.
Titan bought the 500,000-square-foot Bryan operation in 2006 for $53 million from Continental Tire North America Inc.
It had 325 workers at the time. One year later, Titan began a 250,000-square-foot plant addition that was supposed to add 200 jobs.