A Sheboygan County judge has ordered striking Kohler Company workers to stop blocking traffic. Circuit Judge James Bolgert issued an injunction on Tuesday, after the company filed a complaint about a march by 1,200 untion strikers on Monday. The complaint says that caused a two-mile traffic jam. Kohler also alleged that the strikers are harassing people trying to enter the plant, crowding around vehicles and assaulting contracted security officers.
A court hearing is set for next Wednesday on a request by Kohler for an a court order to end mass picketing and intimidating demonstrations in a strike that’s entering its fourth day. The firm claimed police are “overwhelmed” by the large numbers of picketers.
United Auto Workers’ local president Tim Tayloe denies that picketers assaulted security officers. He said strikers should stop blocking street traffic, and not be vocally abusive with those trying to enter the plants. Tayloe said there are no new contract talks scheduled.