MANAGEMENT: Kohler Holds On

Who has lost most from the nation's longest, bitterest big labor dispute? The United Auto Workers' three-year-old strike against Kohler Co. of Kohler, Wis. has cost the U.A.W. $10 million in strike benefits paid to about 2,800 original strikers, plus $2,000,000 in other expenses, e.g., promoting a nationwide boycott of Kohler plumbing fixtures. But the union contends that Kohler Co. has lost $25 million to $35 million in sales. The family-owned company, run by hard-bitten President Herbert V. Kohler, 65, disputes this claim. Although it publishes no annual report, the company...

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