Harley Steelworkers Reject, Machinists Accept Contracts
Harley-Davidson Execs say They are Disappointed in the Vote
MILWAUKEE – Steelworkers at Harley-Davidson have overwhelmingly rejected a new contract offer, while machinists have accepted a deal.
United Steelworkers Local 2209 in the Milwaukee area and Local 460 in Tomahawk rejected the new deal Monday.
WTMJ-AM reports the current contract between steelworkers and Harley took effect in 2012 and was set to expire Monday. But, the union will continue to work under the old contract.
Harley-Davidson executives say they are disappointed in the vote. The motorcycle maker says the contract provided a competitive wage increase in each year of the 5-year contract as well as a $2,250 signing bonus.
Meanwhile, another union at Harley, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ Lodge 78, ratified a new 5-year contract.