The strike at Husky has now reached day number 22 and those that are out front walking the picket line with signs gained support today. Strength in numbers became the theme of the day as Husky workers received a little help from those who were on the streets with signs of their own in Findlay.
Rod Nelson, president of 207L for Cooper tire in Findlay, said "we know what it's like to go through a labor dispute. We went through a labor dispute with out company. We went to the table. They did want to bargain with us and we see that happening here with the Lima local also."
It has been a big season change, Cooper workers were on the streets in the cold of winter while Husky is hitting the pavement as temperatures rise into the 90's. Cooper workers were locked out while Husky workers are on strike. In the end it's the same outcome for workers and their families, wondering when the funds will run out and question how groceries and bills will be paid.
"Stress is tremendous you know. These people are not getting a paycheck at this time and it creates a lot of stress and we're here to donate a little bit of money to help out with the cause." said Nelson
Mike Edelbrock, president of USW local 624, said "it lets us know that there's other out there that have been through this, they sympathize with us. They know what we're going through and it's like I said a shot in the arm for these folks to see folks doing this for us."
Cooper workers settled their lockout and were able to get back to work, that is glimmer of hope that the strike at husky will end soon and get these workers back on the job. "it's a big morale booster obviously. Keeps them strong. Sometimes when you're out here by yourself there's a good group but when you see a good group like this come in here and say we know what you're doing and we're supporting you." said Edelbrock
According to Nelson, Husky workers were there for them during the Cooper lockout so it was the right thing to do and return the favor as the Husky workers strike.