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Link here: HARLEY BOARD TO REVIEW UNION'S OK OF LABOR DEAL



Harley board to review union's OK of labor deal
By DINESH RAMDE (AP) – 5 hours ago

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Harley-Davidson Inc.'s three Wisconsin unions have agreed to a contract with steep concessions. Now it's up to the company to confirm it won't move its production out of the state.

The board of directors is expected to review the voting results Tuesday from the unions. All three voted Monday to approve the contract.

Many workers say they voted for it grudgingly, saying they accepted its harsh terms only to help keep jobs in the state.

Harley had previously said it would move its Wisconsin operations to other states if the unions rejected the new deal. A move would have eliminated about 1,350 jobs.

The contract freezes employees' pay, slashes hundreds of production jobs and assigns large volumes of work to part-time workers.
 

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What choice did they have but to approve it. let's see vote it down and start looking for another production job? yeah good luck with that. Or they OK it on the prayer that the company does not pack up and move anyway. Anybody for a Mexican built Harley?
 

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What choice did they have but to approve it. let's see vote it down and start looking for another production job? yeah good luck with that. Oh they OK it on the prayer that the company does not pack up and move anyway. Anybody for a Mexican built Harley?
Amen to that... didn't the MoCo already do something like that once before?

It sounds like the only concession the workers got was that the plant wouldn't move - they are still "slashing hundreds of production jobs and assigning large volumes of work to part-time workers"... wonder what happens to those workers' benefits? and to the quality control of the manufacturing process?
 

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HD needs to get into the hwy construction cone business as well, those f'en things are on every road!!!
 

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Just need management to give up some too! Make it known also!
 

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What they did was vote on a chance at keeping their jobs. HD has made it known there's going to be a bunch layoffs at both the Memononee Falls plant and Tomahawk. If works picks up, those jobs lost will be filled by "casual" employees making 1/2 of what the union employee did and with zero benes.
 

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Sounds like they have been taking lessons from Wal-mart. You work people right up to to the max "part-time" limit then send them home. It doesn't matter if the work doesn't get done or there are not enough cashiers.
 

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Did you make it to Sturgis this summer?
Didn't make it to the rally, but was up there in June for a week. Rented an Ultra Classic Limited for a day and cruised the Black Hills with my wife. That experience has me re thinking my motorcycle strategy. I really liked the touring bike. Now if the gov of SoDak would just lure moco to put the plant in the Hills. That would be quite the combo Sturgis/main manufacturing facility in one local.
 

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California wanted corporations to pay taxes on the profit they report to their share holders rather than the much lower number they often declare on fraudulent tax forms. Why do you assume corporations are honest? They are not, and a state has every right to enforce some honesty. These companies are crying because we don't want them bamboozling us any more.
 

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A corporation is no more than a legal business structure designed for raising capital and diffusing liability; it has nothing to do with dishonesty and to claim our politicians are trying to enforce some honesty is almost incomprehensible. :)
 

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Between unions, taxes and 'regulators' California can be downright discouraging to any business.
Without a doubt California has the most legislation, interference and otherwise bullsheet involvement. The unions, what little is left are the least of the problems doing business in Cal.
 
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