Unusual and expensive labour dispute at Buhler Industries

Payments total $16 million
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

The resolution of a bitter labour dispute has proven to be as unusual – and as expensive – as the various steps along its way:

•In August 2000, Buhler Industries purchased the Versatile farm machinery manufacturing plant from New Holland NV for $15 million. It also assumed a $32 million Canadian government loan.

•235 unionized workers walked off the job in November when contract negotiations failed. Buhler kept the plant operating by using replacement workers.