Harley-Davidson Workers Win 14% Raise

A contract deal has been reached between the United Steelworkers and Harley-Davidson at two plants.

The Milwaukee-Sentinel reports:

“Steelworkers at Harley-Davidson plants in Menomonee Falls and Tomahawk have voted to approve a new contract that includes a 14% wage increase over five years.

Other terms of the deal approved Monday by United Steelworkers Local 2-209 and USW Local 460 include a signing bonus, no changes to health care, significant pension enhancements for current employees and a retirement incentive for those who are eligible to retire.

The contract also includes job security measures sought by the Steelworkers, and the union said Harley-Davidson has pledged to invest $65 million in its Menomonee Falls plant and $10 million in Tomahawk.

‘These investments should ensure the long-term viability of our facilities. We look forward to working with Harley over the next five years to continue our shared success,’ said Local 2-209 President Mark Eilers in Milwaukee.

Earlier, the company said the average wage for current, regular full-time bargaining unit employees under the first year of the proposed contract would be more than $33 an hour in the Milwaukee area and more than $25 at the plant in Tomahawk.

The current seven-year contract was set to expire April 1, but the Steelworkers agreed to extend it until midnight April 14.

The contract is the same offer that was ratified two weeks ago by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, according to Harley.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Milwaukee-Sentinel here.

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