The strike is over at Kohler Company with employees ratifying a new four-year contract. The United Auto Workers Local 833 members were on strike for 32 days, and 91-percent voted in favor of the new labor deal.
“We are pleased that our associates have ratified a contract that provides them with increased pay, enhanced benefits and a fair compensation package,” Kohler CEO David Kohler said in a statement Wednesday night. “Most important, we welcome our associates back to work, where together, we will continue to work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations.”
The new contract includes improved pension benefits, higher wages and minimizes rising health care costs.
“We worked very hard to reach an agreement that addresses all of the key areas crucial to the future of our members,” said UAW Local 833 President Tim Tayloe.
The company managed to keep its two-tier wage system in place, but the pay gap has been narrowed between newly-hired workers and those who have been on the job for years.