Unions to Harley-Davidson: Our Partnership Agreements are Over

By Sahid Fawaz

Two unions are not happy with Harley-Davidson.

And they’re ending their partnerships with the company as a result.

USA Today reports:

“Two labor unions that represent most of the production employees at Harley-Davidson say they’ve terminated an agreement with the company aimed at fostering collaboration and joint decisions on a wide range of issues.

The United Steelworkers and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers say ending the agreement, which was in place for 22 years, sends a message that relations with Milwaukee-based Harley have soured.

‘It has become apparent to me that for the last seven years Harley-Davidson has been, and continues to, systematically dismantle its hourly workforce through various means,’ said Robert Martinez Jr., president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Harley-Davidson is giving its first electric motorcycle a road trip, stopping the environmentally friendly Hog in NYC as it looks for consumer feedback to expand sales beyond traditional customers. Video provided by Reuters Newslook

Employees are still covered under the current union contracts, and nothing in those contracts has changed, yet the written collaboration agreement was important, according to Martinez.

‘It worked well for many years. But Harley-Davidson has changed their direction on the way they’ve communicated with, and dealt with, our leadership teams in the plants,’ he said.

‘Harley would just unilaterally make decisions on what they were going to do,’ without the unions’ endorsement, he added.”

For the full story, check out the USA Toady piece here.

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