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Kohler makes final contract offer to Wisconsin workers


KOHLER, Wis. (AP) -- With a possible strike looming, the Kohler Co. has presented what the company calls its final contract offer to Wisconsin union workers.

The current contract expires at midnight Saturday. Union members meet Sunday to hear presentations from union leaders and possibly decide to strike.

The company's proposal would raise pay for workers on both levels of the two-tier wage scale Kohler put in place five years ago over the union's objections.

Tim Tayloe, president of United Auto Workers Local 833, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday that he can't recommend the company's proposal.

The union represents 2,100 production workers at the company's plumbing products foundry in the Village of Kohler, and at a generator plant north of Sheboygan.

A strike would be the first at Kohler since 1983.

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