OSHKOSH (WLUK) - Oshkosh Corp. is transferring welding work from Oshkosh to a facility in Tennessee, but says the move will not result in layoffs.
However, workers tell us the displaced workers are being offered lower-paid positions.
Alexandra Hittle, senior manager for global branding and communications for Oshkosh Defense, told FOX 11 in an email:
As part of our longer-term growth plan, Oshkosh Corporation is continually making strategic investments in manufacturing capacity and our workforce to help meet the growing demand for its innovative products and technology. The launch of the new Corporate welding and fabrication facility in Tennessee is to support the growing demand for welding and fabrication across the Oshkosh Corporation enterprise.
For Oshkosh Defense, the rapid growth of JLTV production has created significant space constraints in our facilities. To make room for continued expansion and provide better working space for our team members, we have made the decision to move all JLTV welding and fabrication to the Oshkosh Corporate facility in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
During this transition, our top priority is to take care of our team members who will be impacted by this move – they are vital to our collective success. There will be no layoffs. In fact, as announced previously, we plan to continue to expand here in Oshkosh, WI and will be hiring at least 100 new hourly team members. We will be posting these new roles starting this week.
We are working closely with the Union to minimize any negative impact on our valued team members.
Workers tell FOX 11 the employees being shifted to other positions are being paid as much as $10/hour less in the new assignments. Hittle called that description “inaccurate.”
“However, given the nature of our collective bargaining agreement we are not able to disclose any additional details,” she said.
The JLTV is a truck being produced for the military.