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    Default Harley-Davidson workers hold dinner-break protests over expiring contract

    MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. —

    Harley-Davidson workers at the Menomonee Falls plant are holding dinner-break protests because their seven-year contract ends Monday.

    The number of workers have been growing out front each day since they started demonstrating last week. They're worried about the contract expiring Monday, forcing some to make a tough decision about their future.

    Surviving the closure of the Harley-Davidson plant in Wauwatosa and the planned closure of the Kansas City plant this year, the workers at the Menomonee Falls plant are survivors, but some aren't sure how long they can hold out.

    "So I don't know if they're trying to push all the older people out. There's already not that many left," said a worker who does not wish to be identified.
    https://www.wisn.com/article/harley-...tract/26951234

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    Contract rejected !

    Harley-Davidson workers in Wisconsin reject new labor contract
    Harley-Davidson Inc’s workers in Milwaukee and Tomahawk, Wisconsin, have rejected the motorcycle maker’s proposal for a five-year contract, their union said on Tuesday, citing non-financial issues such as temporary workers and job security.
    The current seven-year contract had been set to expire on April 1. But Harley and the United Steelworkers (USW) union, which represents more than 1,000 hourly employees at the two facilities, said they had agreed to extend the contract through April 14.
    The union is pressing the Milwaukee-based company to address issues related to temporary workers, job security, scheduling, and seniority and temporary workers rights.
    A USW official told Reuters the union wants to protect full-time workers from layoffs. While it is asking for a road map that would allow temporary workers to become full-time workers, it is opposed to the company using temporary workers to pull work away from full-time employees.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKCN1RE1XH

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    Default Re: Harley-Davidson workers hold dinner-break protests over expiring contract

    They're gonna have to take it or be threatened with the plant moving overseas............the benefit of free trade with no tariffs..............corporations can move anywhere in the world for cheaper, less regulated workers....and ship it back here for even more profits..................................the employment line at the shoeshine boy service oriented society are growing longer...and so are the lines of people who quit working because you cannot compete with third world socialists and commies without becoming that.....and they do anything they are told in them countries....exactly why they push us in that direction.

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    Default Re: Harley-Davidson workers hold dinner-break protests over expiring contract

    Quote Originally Posted by slavenomore View Post
    They're gonna have to take it or be threatened with the plant moving overseas............the benefit of free trade with no tariffs..............corporations can move anywhere in the world for cheaper, less regulated workers....and ship it back here for even more profits..................................the employment line at the shoeshine boy service oriented society are growing longer...and so are the lines of people who quit working because you cannot compete with third world socialists and commies without becoming that.....and they do anything they are told in them countries....exactly why they push us in that direction.
    So your saying they should vote until they get it right ... New Penn style ?
    Or stand their ground and hold corporate America accountable !

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    An explanation on why the union members rejected this contract.

    Steelworkers explain why they voted down Harley-Davidson's contract offer
    The union that represents most of Harley-Davidson’s manufacturing plant employees in Wisconsin says the company is out of touch with the workers by making the current contract talks more about an hourly wage than workforce issues.
    Last week, United Steelworkers Local 2-209, which represents about 730 employees at Harley’s factory on Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls, turned down a five-year contract offer that included a 14 percent wage increase over five years and significant pension enhancements for current employees.
    Harley said the average wage for current, regular full-time bargaining unit employees under the first year of the deal would be more than $33 an hour in the Milwaukee area and more than $25 in Tomahawk.
    Local union officials say one of their biggest issues is Harley’s use of temporary workers who are paid a lower wage than regular full-time employees and don’t get the same benefits.
    “Another concern that was brought up was the amount of work that is being moved out of the plants,” said Local 2-209 President Mark Eilers.
    Seniority is also an issue, according to Eilers.
    https://www.jsonline.com/story/money...er/3398481002/
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    Harley-Davidson announces results of union contract vote
    MILWAUKEE —

    Harley-Davidson has announced its unionized workers have ratified a new contract agreement.

    The announcement was made Monday after a vote by United Steelworkers.
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    The new labor agreement covers workers at the Milwaukee-area and Tomahawk sites.

    International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union members ratified a five-year agreement on April 1.

    The two agreements cover more than 1,000 Wisconsin workers.

    “Our Wisconsin Operations employees play an essential role in ensuring the strength of our manufacturing operations and our ability to be responsive to our customers around the world, and we appreciate their many contributions,” Harley-Davidson Chief Operating Officer Michelle Kumbier said. “We believe the new contracts will enable us to compete in a challenging business environment and advance our strategy to build the next generation of riders globally.”
    https://www.wisn.com/article/harley-...-vote/27147944

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    Default Re: Harley-Davidson workers hold dinner-break protests over expiring contract

    I'll throw this article in the Harley contract thread. It mentions that H-D must invest in the company and in the employees job security.

    Union: Harley-Davidson to invest $65M in Menomonee Falls plant, $10M in Tomahawk
    According to union leadership representing roughly 1,000 Harley-Davidson Inc. employees in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee motorcycle company committed to $75 million in facility investments in the new labor contract the parties ratified Monday.

    Workers at Harley-Davidson's Menomonee Falls and Tomahawk plants, represented by United Steelworkers Local 2-209 and Local 460, respectively, agreed to a new five-year contract Monday, two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting the company's offer. In a release announcing the agreement sent out late Monday, USW made it clear that union leadership prioritized job security in its negotiations.

    Because of that motivation, Harley-Davidson committed to invest $65 million in the Menomonee Falls facility and an additional $10 million in the Tomahawk facility as part of the agreement. Harley-Davidson didn't mention the investment in its announcement release Monday, but a spokeswoman confirmed the investments Tuesday afternoon.
    https://www.bizjournals.com/milwauke...hoo&yptr=yahoo

 

 

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