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Large turnout on picket lines for first full day of Kohler strike

By staff |
November 17, 2015
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Kohler workers on the picket line.
Kohler workers on the picket line. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Kohler, WI - Over 1000 Kohler workers and supporters kicked off their first full day on strike, Nov. 16, marching around the company facility and reportedly delaying non-union employees. The last strike at Kohler was more than 30 years ago.

On Nov. 15 Kohler workers, represented by UAW 833, voted 94% to strike this company of 2100 UAW members. They want an end to a two-tier system, raises, and good health care.

"We took cuts during the economic crisis, and now that they've made billions more, they are trying to take more from us," commented one picketer.

Kohler, a company that manufactures goods from pipes to engines, is located in the town of Kohler, a former company-owned town, population 2100. The Herbert J. Kohler family net worth is $7.2 billion dollars, according to Forbes magazine.

Pickets are taking place around the clock and donations can be brought or sent to 5425 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53083.