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Holiday doesn't deter Kohler strikers

Posted: 6:08 PM, Nov 26, 2015
Updated: 2015-11-26 19:08:02-05
KOHLER -- Thanksgiving and the rain did not stop Kohler union workers from demonstrating outside the company's doors.
 
Union supporters took their holiday feast to the picket lines.
 
Ninety-four percent of Kohler UAW 833 workers voted to go on strike over higher health care costs, a wage scale they believe would pay newer employees less, and a meager pay increase.
 
The union has a strike fund that will pay workers $200 per week if they've been striking for eight days or more.
 
"You can't afford any luxuries of course and so you just have to go out and make due with what you can," said Irvin Hansen, a 29-year Kohler worker.
 
Contract negotiations remain at a standstill.
 
The union president told TODAY's TMJ4 that he e-mailed Kohler representatives four days ago about coming back to the bargaining table. He claims that he has not heard back.
 
Kohler representatives say they are disappointed their final offer to the union was not accepted before this strike began. They add they have plans in place right now to ensure all of their customer's needs are met.