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Kohler Company forced back to bargaining table

By Kas Schwerdtfeger

Striking Kohler workers on picket line Dec. 12.

Kohler, WI – As of last week, Kohler Company and United Auto Workers Local 833 went back to the bargaining table for negotiations amidst a strike now entering its fourth week.

The negotiations come as company production at its facilities remain largely closed, with the overwhelming majority of members continuing the stand on their picket lines.

Support for the Kohler workers has come in from across the Midwest and the country, with food drives and donations coming in from across Wisconsin, including Madison, Milwaukee and Racine. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has publicized a toy drive for striking workers, which hopes to help those families through the holiday season. The AFL-CIO also has called for supporters to join the picket line on Saturday, Dec. 19, ahead of Christmas weekend.

Resolutions from other unions were passed and financial donations have been sent to the strike fund, including $500 from Teamsters Local 344, $750 from the annual People's Thanksgiving event in Chicago, and $5000 from the United Council Staff Union of Illinois in the past week alone.

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