Kohler Co. union workers approve labor contract

End strike that began in mid-November

Kohler alternator assembly
A Kohler employee assembles an alternator.

Members of UAW Local 833 voted today to approve a new four-year labor contract with Kohler Co.

The contract covers 2,000 Kohler Co. workers, and ends a strike that began in mid-November, the first at the company since 1983.

Kohler alternator assembly
A Kohler Co. employee assembles an alternator.

Union employees at Kohler Co. will return to work tomorrow.

“We are pleased that our associates have ratified a contract that provides them with increased pay, enhanced benefits and a fair compensation package,” said Kohler Co. president David Kohler. “Kohler Co. maintains a competitive wage structure that is essential for our Wisconsin facility to grow jobs going forward. Most important, we welcome our associates back to work, where together, we will continue to work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations.”

See more about the Kohler Co. labor deal at WISN-TV Channel 12, a media partner of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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