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Kohler Co. union holds picket outside headquarters

Members of United Auto Workers Local 833 picket Wednesday along Highland Drive in Kohler. Kohler Co. has offered the workers a contract that would cut wages and benefits. (AP Photo/The Sheboygan Press, Gary C. Klein)

Members of United Auto Workers Local 833 picket Wednesday along Highland Drive in Kohler. Kohler Co. has offered the workers a contract that would cut wages and benefits. (AP Photo/The Sheboygan Press, Gary C. Klein)

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — Some Kohler Co. union employees are dissatisfied with the latest contract negotiations with the company.

The United Auto Workers Local 833 organized an informational picket Wednesday that included several thousand union employees and their supporters outside company headquarters in Kohler.

The last contract, which expired last month, impacts more than 1,900 of Kohler’s 6,500 Sheboygan County employees.

The proposed concessions include a five-year wage freeze, substantial increases in health-care premiums and the creation of a two-tiered wage and benefit system that cuts pay by 35 percent for new employees and some returning from layoffs.

Kohler spokesman Todd Weber said the company is doing what it can to stay competitive in a tough economy.

Negotiations are expected to continue throughout the rest of this week, and possibly into next week.

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One comment

  1. I can understand the frustration of the union workers. However, many of us in the professional or non-union workforce have already taken, at best, pay freezes, and at worst, pay cuts. Add that to the 33% premium hike for our health insurance next year (yikes!). Our company is getting squeezed on all sides: from competition, from increased health care and other fixed costs, and from increased costs due to mostly unfunded government mandates and increased regulation. Worse yet, given the current competitive market, we cannot pass these costs to our clients. It’s a tough deal, because the margins shrink, sometimes to the point where you can’t stay ahead of the bills! I would believe that, in the end, the union workers are going to join those of us who have already felt the pain of the margin shrink.

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