Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Harley-Davidson Considers Moving Production Out of Wisconsin

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-10 08:18 PM
Original message
Harley-Davidson Considers Moving Production Out of Wisconsin
By JERRY GARRETT
The days of Wisconsin-made Harley-Davidsons may be numbered.

Harley-Davidson said on Tuesday, in announcing improved second-quarter financial results, that a new, more favorable contract with its union workers was essential to keeping the doors of its manufacturing facilities in the state open. The company said the contract must be worked out within 60 days. The labor agreement would replace contracts that expire in April 2012.

The company seeks to close large cost gaps in its Milwaukee-area and Tomahawk production operations, and improve flexibility to meet seasonal and other customer-driven production needs, Harley-Davidson said in a statement. If Harley-Davidson is unable to achieve those objectives through agreement with the unions by mid-September 2010, the company has said it will move Wisconsin production operations to another location in the United States.

Harley-Davidson also operates a large manufacturing plant in York, Pa.

Officials of the machinists union were not available for comment.

more

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/harley-david...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-10 08:22 PM
Response to Original message
1. This would be soul-crushing to our community that has already lost thousands of blue-collar jobs.
:(
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DebJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-10 09:09 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. Here in York, we sympathize. All of the few major employers
in the area have gone overseas in the last few years, with many layoffs at Harley, and more to come.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 05:55 AM
Response to Original message
3. kick n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 06:04 AM
Response to Original message
4. Harley Davidson has come a long way
I remember when AMF owned them and they were largely big pieces of oil leaking breaking down pieces of shit but after their restructuring and redesigned engines, (Porche designed btw,) and tranies they've become a good, something to be proud of, American made product. I wish them and Wisconsin well.
Most of all my friends back in the early to mid 70's all bought them. I never liked road rash so I never did but I used to keep their "hogs" alive for them. Not much to do anymore for guys like me as they've improved to not need a mechanic on them or trailing along right behind them. I used to laugh and tell my friends that their motorcycles were getting more miles on them in the back of a pickup truck than they are with their tires on the road.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 11:34 AM
Response to Original message
5. there's an important subtext in this that no one has mentioned yet....
Edited on Thu Jul-22-10 11:35 AM by mike_c
HD management perceives that there are other potential locations in the U.S. where labor is so depressed and the economy is so bad that workers will gladly work for third world pay and working conditions. That's the only reason this threat has any teeth.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Lance_Boyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 11:41 AM
Response to Original message
6. That would be bad for WI, no doubt. Also potentially really bad for HD.
I assume HD is considering moving to a "right to work" state, or is WI already a member of that club? I don't know of too many states north of the Mason Dixon line that are, but then I'm no expert on the issue.

The last thing HD needs is a return to the days of the "bowling ball bikes."

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-10 02:19 PM
Response to Original message
7. ..
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-10 02:36 PM
Response to Original message
8. They're taking a page out of Mercury Marine's handbook.
Last year, Mercury Marine made a big stink about plans to move their main production facilities from Fond du Lac, WI to Stillwater, OK in order to cut costs. However, After earning some big concession from the union, and a few sweetheart tax breaks from the State and local governments, Mercury marine decided to stay in Fond du Lac, and close the facility in Stillwater.

The worst part was after all was said and done, the Mercury Marine execs got big bonuses.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sat Sep 20th 2014, 08:01 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC