Oshkosh Corp. Struggles To Avoid Labor Strike By 3K Workers

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Oshkosh Corp. and its union plan to meet at least twice this week with talks aimed at averting a labor strike by more than 3,000 members. United Auto Workers Local 578 voted down the company's contract offer on Friday. But, both sides say they want to resolve contract disagreements and reach a settlement without a strike.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Oshkosh Corp. and its union plan to meet at least twice this week with talks aimed at averting a labor strike by more than 3,000 members.

United Auto Workers Local 578 voted down the company's contract offer on Friday. But, both sides say they want to resolve contract disagreements and reach a settlement without a strike.

Local president Nick Nitschke says there are few differences between the company's offer and the union's counteroffer and that most involve work place issues and the company's desire to hire temporary workers beginning in 2013.

Nitschke says the union would continue to work under the old contract while negotiations continue. The Oshkosh Northwestern says (http://bit.ly/pzQzO1 ) talks are expected to take place Tuesday and Thursday.

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Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern, http://www.thenorthwestern.com

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