Throw the old contract in the toilet
UAW prepares for contract talks with Kohler
Members of UAW are preparing for contract talks with home products giant Kohler. The 2,100 members last negotiated a contract in 2010 that saw a 5 year wage freeze, an increase in health benefits and a 35% cut to new employees’ wages. UAW Local 833 agreed to the contract to guarantee that the manufacturing jobs would stay in the US. Since that deal, the Local has added 300 new members. Unemployment in Sheboygan, where the factory is located, is also at one of the lowest rates in the state. The current contract expires on Nov.15. “The economy is much better now, the job market is much better, and we’re looking to get a fair contract this time around to coincide with the economy,” said Jim Brock, the union’s vice president.