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.