Oshkosh Corp. Union Reach Tentative Agreement
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OSHKOSH, WI --After months of negotiations, Oshkosh Corporation and the bargaining committee for the UAW local 578 reach a tentative agreement to extend their contract another five years. It's a sign of stability and more jobs for the city.
The current contract expires in 2016 but the tentative agreement would extend it through 2021. This new contract is pivotal in ensuring Oshkosh Corp. is able to compete for a multi-billion dollar venture with the Army and the Marine Corps.
Standing shoulder to shoulder at news conference Tuesday morning, Oshkosh Corporation and UAW local 578 leaders are proud to say they're optimistic. After negotiations broke down in July, a big step forward now with a tentative agreement ready to present to union members this Sunday.
"Oshkosh and the UAW have a fair and equitable agreement for all parties involved," said union president Joe Preisler.
"It's a lot of jobs, a lot at stake for the community, company and the workforce," said VP of Human Resources for Oshkosh Corp., Rod Wedemeier.
A majority of the approximately 2500 voting members in the union must vote "yes" for the agreement to pass. If it does, it will ensure Oshkosh corporation is a serious contender for a 13 billion dollar contract with the Army and the Marine Corps to build Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, a lighter replacement for the Humvee.
"The JLTV program is really the program of the future and it's definite must-win for our company" said Wedemeier.
Oshkosh Corp. needs the current contract with the union to go through 2021 instead of expiring in 2016. That's when they would find out if they won the JLTV bid.
Production on the vehicles would begin in 2017.
Sunday union members will be given a full explanation of the agreement. They'll vote at noon.