Kohler — A Sheboygan County circuit court judge issued a temporary injunction Tuesday barring striking Kohler Co. workers from interfering with traffic near the firm’s property.
The order came after the company filed a complaint alleging that a march on Monday by more than 1,000 striking workers and their supporters caused traffic jams stretching two miles in every direction. Kohler employees represented by United Auto Workers Local 833 went on strike Sunday.
The complaint alleged that pickets spoke abusively to drivers, crowded around vehicles and harassed people trying to enter company property.
“Some of our contract security officers were also assaulted by picketers (elbows in the ribs, etc.),” Kohler director of security Patrick McCarthy said in an affidavit filed with the court.
The injunction was issued by Sheboygan County Circuit Judge James Bolgert.
I don’t begrudge them striking. Unemployment is low and the company is doing well. If they want to band together to push for a better deal, then more power to them. But leave the rest of us the heck out of it. Why should some poor mom running her kids to basketball practice have to have her day disrupted and deal with abuse because some welder at Kohler wants an extra 30 cents an hour?
And another thing… in what world do the union folks live in if they think that such tactics will improve their bargaining position? All they are doing is ticking off the community that might otherwise support them.