Hundreds of Trane employees are on strike after the company could not reach a contract agreement with District Lodge 66 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), also known as the Machinists Union.
The strike includes two groups of the union’s La Crosse district. Lodge 21 comprised of production and maintenance workers, as well as Lodge 1115 comprised of tool room employees.
After weeks of contract negotiations with the company, on Saturday union members declined a tentative contract agreement. A decision that resulted in the strike.
Union members hope to send a message to Trane officials of their demand for improved working conditions.
"It’s about fair treatment and equity for all people that work out in the floor, and really it’s about that, it’s about people that are just overworked," Directing Business Representative for IAMAW District Lodge 66 Neil Kamrowski describes.
With employees feeling as if they aren’t treated properly in the workplace, the strike aims to create changes.
"For the last four years they’ve been working six days a week, ten hour days a lot of people that work here, and they’re looking for some relief," Kamrowski adds.
Kamrowski did not mention any specific issues they hope to resolve but did say negotiations are scheduled for sometime this week.
Trane was contacted for a comment, but WXOW received no immediate reply.
This is still a developing story with limited details, we will continue to provide updates as they emerge.