Harley-Davidson reaches agreement with unions

All three unions representing Harley-Davidson employees in Wisconsin voted Friday to ratify new collective bargaining agreements with the company, Harley said in a statement April 4.

The new four-year agreements, which cover approximately 2,210 employees, became effective retroactive to April 1.

Harley-Davidson has individual labor agreements with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2-209, representing about 1,700 employees, and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 78, representing about 150 employees, in the Milwaukee area; and with USW Local 460 in Tomahawk, Wis., which represents about 360 employees.

“The new contracts balance Harley-Davidson’s need to responsibly manage our business for the long term in a competitive global market with our desire to continue to provide a strong wage and benefits package for employees,” said Harold Scott, vice president, human resources.

In addition to improvements in wages, the new contracts provide for the establishment of Health Reimbursement Arrangements for bargaining unit employees, under which they can use these dollars to help pay for out-of-pocket health care costs. Other health care plan provisions are designed to moderate the rise in plan costs.

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