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April 25, 2011
Oshkosh company preparing for strike
Union rejects Hoffmaster Corp. offer

Source: FOX 11 WLUK-TV
By: Beth Jones

OSHKOSH - Workers at Oshkosh's Hoffmaster Corp. have rejected a fourth contract offer from the company.

Company officials say a strike has been authorized by the union but apparently has not yet started.

The company has said it wants concessions from about 400 United Steelworkers Local 2-169 workers to match changes for 1,000 other non-union workers.

Hoffmaster President Jeff Miller declined an on-camera interview, however he did issue a press release stating, "We are disappointed that the union has rejected a very fair contract offer. Over a month ago, a complete tentative agreement was reached with the help of a federal mediator. The union agreed to give that agreement their full support, but then failed to do so."

"Since that time, the Company removed Continuous Operating (COP) language which was identified by the union as a barrier to obtaining a ratified contract."

"Since the union has taken a strike authorization vote, the Company has prepared to continue operations and service customers without interruption in the event of labor dispute."

The union has not responded to FOX 11's request for comment.

Miller says the company is prepared for a strike, if there is one.  The company is hosting a job fair on Wednesday to look for potential temporary work in the event of a labor dispute.

An add for the job fair was in the paper over the weekend.



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