Harley Wants to Cut Jobs, Union Must Ratify Agreement

A new labor agreement for Harley-Davidson workers aims to replace 25% of the union jobs at the company's two plants in the Milwaukee Wisconsin area.  According to published reports,  employees learned the details of the new agreement yesterday.

The Tomahawk plant produces items such as windshields, side-cars, and other accessories for Harley bikes. and employees roughly 275 full-time employees.  The company wants to replace a number of them with seasonal workers to make production more flexible to market conditions. Harley says it needs to cut millions in labor costs in order to keep making motorcycles in Wisconsin.

The unions at both plants will vote Monday September 13th on the multi year contract that will take effect in 2013.  If the agreement is rejected, company officials have said it will move production out of state.  Economic development officials from Florida and Tennessee have been courting the motorcycle manufacturer recently in hopes that if the union rejects the contract, they can lure the new plants to their respective states.

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  1. @Charles You just made my Point … Scrap the Union and Union Wages .. Man Honda don't pay Union Wages Their bikes are .. well Cheep.. Why do you think a Harley costs as much as a Car …?? Harley is in business to make a Profit .. the Bikes cost so much because their Labor costs are so HIGH Dude and unlike American car companies Harley refuses to cut on Quality to bring the price in line with Honda Like Ford and Chevy did with Toy-something Junk car crap company .. Think about it …

  2. I think unions had a good purpose back in the day protecting employees from unscrupulous employers, but these days I believe a union is business like any other trying to biuld revenue. I also don’t think they have the employees best interests at heart by any means. Many of times I have heard the complaint from others in my industry about the union expecting thier dues. yet the workers haven’t worked in several months.

  3. The Union Greed Machine (Read all Unions) has been and continues to to be the Demise of every US Industry it infests … Greed is an Evil Thing .. and that Evil is coming back to bite the head off its own spawn … Make America Great once again … Make Made in USA something to be Proud of once more .. rather than a symbol of Over Priced Shoddy Workmanship … I’m all for Harley to close its plants and move to a right to work state ..! Harley Davidson Made in America For Americans With Pride in Tennessee … Free to Compete … Sounds Good to Me …! Faithful Harley Owner ..

  4. Pure greed on Harley’s part! Their bikes cost as much as a car! They can afford to pay their employees!!!!!! Unbelievable!!!!!!

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