The members of United Auto Workers Local 833 voted yesterday, November 15, to go on strike at Kohler Company.
Why is this happening?
Five years ago, during threats of company cutbacks during the recession, the members of UAW 833 made concessions. A two-tier wage system was implemented, where newer employees are paid less than long-term workers. Workers faced wage freezes and increased health insurance costs.
Kohler’s workers have done their part.
Now, the economy is in a different place than it was five years ago. The company is strong. Times have changed. Kohler employees deserve and demand better.
We know that Kohler can afford to do better for the workers that have made the company strong and profitable. More than ninety-three percent of workers voted to go on strike, and we need to stand with our brothers and sisters who are now on the picket line.
How can you help?
We urge all union members to take action in support of the workers of UAW 833:
- Sign the petition calling on Kohler to return to the negotiating table, give fair and equal treatment to their employees, and move away from the two-tier wage structure.
- Join the picket line anytime at the Clock Tower, 444 Highland Drive, Kohler, and stand in solidarity with UAW Local 833.
- Donate by mailing a check to: UAW 833 Kohler Strike Fund, Emil Mazey Hall, 5425 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53083.
It’s time to end the practice of cutting wages and benefits for the middle class.
UAW workers are on the front line of negotiating for fair wages and benefits for middle-class families and we stand strongly with them in the struggle.