Written by Patricia Wolff of The NorthwesternFiled Under Local News
Negotiations break down between union, Oshkosh Corporation over health insurance cost Oshkosh Corp. Workers Walk Picket Line OSHKOSH – Members of the United Auto Workers Local 578 made substantial concessions during labor contract negotiations Tuesday morning with Oshkosh Corporation officials, but the two sides did not reach an agreement on a new contract.
The current five-year labor contract for the more than 3,000 employees expires at midnight Friday.
“We backed off on a lot of stuff,” said Nick Nitschke, union president. “Now, it’s up to the company.”
Nitschke declined to give details of the concessions made by the union.
John Daggett, vice president of negotiations for Oshkosh Corporation, said the company had proposed language changes in the recent talks, but the financial package offered by the company remains the same.
The company’s offer includes a lump sum $2,000 annual wage increase in addition to an 8 percent salary increase over the course of the five years. Under the proposal from the company, health insurance costs would increase for employees from the current $70 per month for a family plan to $280 per month in the final year.