Roughly 500 GE Healthcare workers in Wisconsin could go on strike on Aug. 12 unless progress is made in the next round of contract negotiations between the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the company.

The IAM rejected GE’s contract offer Tuesday and gave the company its 10-day notice of a potential strike by its members.

GE and the unions are scheduled to go back to the bargaining table Sunday and a strike could be postponed or averted.

The contract negotiations affect workers in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Oak Creek.

The contract negotiations also include the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers – Communications Workers of America, or IUA-CWA, which represents few if any any of GE Healthcare’s workers in Wisconsin.  […]