Kohler Co., UAW Local 833 reach contract agreement after weeks-long strike

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KOHLER -- Kohler Co. and the United Auto Workers Local 833 Tuesday, December 15th jointly announced that they have reached agreement on a new four-year labor contract that resolves a local labor dispute.

The agreement features increased wages and benefits in all four years of the agreement.  The local union’s bargaining committee unanimously recommends ratification at the vote scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th.

“We worked very hard to reach an agreement that addresses all of the key areas crucial to the future of our members,” said UAW Local 833 President Tim Tayloe.  “The agreement significantly brings one tier associate pay closer to the other, while also providing substantial wage increases in each year of the contract. All benefits have been enhanced and the modifications to the healthcare plans have reduced the potential for increased out-of-pocket costs to our membership," Tayloe said.

"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement that recognizes the contributions of our associates and positions our local, Wisconsin operations to be more competitive in the future,” said Kohler Co. President and Chief Executive Officer David Kohler.  “The common ground that we share is more important than any differences we may have – and this agreement reflects that.”

Details of the agreement were not disclosed pending ratification by union members.

The union plans to distribute the agreement at its membership meeting on Wednesday December 16th.

The meeting will be held at Plymouth High School.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Once ratified, associates will return to work on Thursday morning.

7 comments

  • Union Strong

    keep strong brothers. all the company wants to do is screw the working class people and have the CEO making record money.

    • Libsareliars

      So they come to an agreement and all you can say is the company wants to screw them over. No wonder you Union suckers are so pathetic.

      • Union Strong

        Why do you think they were striking company didnt want to pay the workers what they were worth. I can tell your a CEO or business man that doesnt like to see the working class have an compfortable life. Remember the working class makes the company the money and look good

    • Libsareliars

      First of all no I am not a CEO or a businessman. I work for a company in a skilled trade. News flash! If you think the company is not treating you very good go out and look for a new job!!!!i am sure you would have hundreds of people lining up at Kohler if you clowns left.

  • Billy

    These union idiots should have all been laid off permanantly. Pathetic garbage. Nothing but thugs… didn’t deserve anything.

  • Sandy

    Have any of the workers who were named as “scabs” online filed complaints about working in a hostile work environment yet? Because that would require an immediate investigation into the workers who harassed them, and could even result in loss of employment.

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