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Oshkosh Corp. to begin contract talks with union in hopes winning new contract


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OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The United Auto Workers union and Oshkosh Corporation will begin contract extension talks on July 8th

Oshkosh is gearing up to place a bid on what they say could be the last big military vehicle contract for a while.

"This is the big contract, there really are no others on the horizon,” said Oshkosh Corp. Vice President of Communications John Daggett.

Oshkosh is wrapping up work right now on a 23,000 vehicle contract.

The new contract is worth $13 billion for 54,500 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.  The contract is scheduled to be awarded in late 2015 or early 2016.

Oshkosh wants to extend the UAW Local 578 contract out another five years as well as make other changes.  The current contract expires in 2016. 

Oshkosh is hoping to gain a competitive edge when it bids on the new contract .

"You have to be the low bidder to have any chance to win,” said Daggett.

UAW Local 578 president Joe Preisler says union members recognize the importance of the contract to future job security.

Oshkosh Corporation officials hope have a deal by July 31.