Thursday, June 24, 2010

Harley Davidson Tells Union Needs Production Costs Cuts or Jobs Could be Lost

Yesterday management of Harley Davidson met with employees and Steelworkers Local 2-209 at the Milwaukee powertrain operations to discuss the need for a reduction in production costs. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article:

Employees have been told the company wants to slash $53 million a year in costs from Wisconsin operations.

Decisions will be made this fall, employees were told.

"(CEO) Keith Wandell was brutally honest. He told people that they were looking at another place, but that their intention is to stay here," said Mike Masik, president of Steelworkers Local 2-209 in Milwaukee.

Harley-Davidson officials want to begin negotiations with the Steelworkers for their next contract that goes into effect in 2012.

Also Wednesday, Harley-Davidson said it was cutting 200 more jobs at its York, Pa., factory as part of previously announced job reductions.

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