Wow! UAW Local 833 Santa's Workshop Toy Drive for the children of strikers was a huge success thanks to the generosity of union and community members alike.
Last Sunday, Kohler workers, who headed back to work just days before the holidays, came to Emil Mazey Hall for Santa’s Workshop, which was filled with donated toys for boys and girls of all ages.
Heather Boyles, a member of UAW Local 833 who works in the engine plant at Kohler said, "the workshop to me means hope. It gives me faith in humanity that there still are good people out there. That when there are tough times people can still band together and help one another out. People still care about other people. I'm proud to call myself a member of UAW Local 833."
When UAW Local 833 put out the call for toy donations for the children of striking families, the labor movement responded!
"This workshop means a lot, it shows how the community is able to come together at a difficult time and help one another,” explained Jason Miller, UAW Local 833, who works at the engine plant in Kohler. “It shows how unselfish people can be. Many people that may not have had the most money chipped in what they could to help others have a Merry Christmas."Support from community members and union members around the state has been essential to UAW Local 833 workers in their 32-day strike which has ended with the Kohler Company. Food donations, baby supplies, firewood for burn barrels and household items poured in from donors. Local restaurants sent food, working people joined the picket line and labor unions and individuals from around the country provided monetary donations.
David Davis, UAW Local 833, who works in the DC building explained, "I think the secret Santa workshop was awesome. I like the fact that it shows solidarity among the union and how when the chips are down, as a team the community and union members came together to share the real meaning of Christmas, helping one another and again proving how powerful solidarity is. It also shows our kids that people do care and how awesome and powerful a family or group is.”
Just like George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life", striking Kohler workers know the value and strength of our community.
Union brothers and sisters of the Wisconsin labor movement were proud to stand with UAW 833 in their fight for economic justice.
Their victory winning a new and improved 4-year contract that closes the wage gap between tier workers, keeps healthcare costs more affordable and provides better benefits is a wonderful Christmas gift for all of us who work.