Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Harley Davidson Warns Union Again About Cutting Production Costs

I reported earlier about Harley Davidson warning the Steelworkers Local 2-209 at the Milwaukee powertrain operations about the need for a reduction in production costs lest operations be moved elsewhere and they were warned again as the company begins negotiations with United Steelworkers Local 2-209 for their next contract, which goes into effect April 1, 2012.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the negotiations:

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

Key decisions will be made early this fall, pending the union negotiations, Harley CEO Keith Wandell said Tuesday in an interview.

"If we can't come to an agreement, then we are going to have to move the operations. It is going to take us a little bit of time to build a factory and those kind of things," Wandell said.

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