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Report: Oshkosh Corp. seeks new union contract talks

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Officials at Oshkosh Corporation are apparently looking to extend its current 5-year contract with UAW Local 578, while they look to secure a new military contract.

FOX 11 reports that a letter sent Tuesday to the Local 578 bargaining committee says the company is asking for the new talks to extend the current deal which expires on Sept. 30, 2016 out to Sept. 30, 2021.

In the letter, the company says it needs to lower cost structures and wants to avoid production disruptions if a new contract needs to be negotiated in 2016.

The company is asking the union to accept moving all Oshkosh Defense employees from their current health care plan to a health care plan similar to one other office and non-Defense employees have.

The letter also states the company wants to introduce a new worker classification and increase the company's ability to utilize temporary and voluntary layoffs.

The letter says the company is not seeking a wage reduction from the union but says: "While we are not looking to reduce wages, our cost structure will directly impact our competitiveness and ability to preserve jobs."