Wisconsin Harley workers approve contract to stay in Milwaukee

Good news for the history books, it would have been a shame if tradition would have been sacrificed so easily for simple profit margins. I hope the workers have a safer future with this result, and Harley-Davidson can concentrate on what they do best: build our favorite toys.

AP reports today: Harley-Davidson workers in southeastern Wisconsin approved a labor contract Monday laden with steep concessions after the company threatened to move hundreds of production jobs out of the state.

The proposed deal freezes employees’ pay, slashes hundreds of jobs and assigns large volumes of work to part-time workers. Some 1,140 union members who work at the Menomonee Falls plant in suburban Milwaukee voted on the deal, approving it by a 55 to 45 percent margin.

Harley-Davidson Inc. executives had said they would move production out of Wisconsin if the contract were rejected. That would have eliminated about 1,350 jobs.

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