Marcury Maine Refuses Contract Vote
Mercury Marine Refuses Second Contract Vote; Moves forward with plan to move jobs to non-union plant
A second contract vote proposed by workers at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin has been rejected by the company. As a result the company will move forward with plans to move 850 jobs currently held by union workers out of Fond du Lac to a non-union facility in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Workers had previously rejected the contract offer and on Saturday employees gave the International Association of Machinists a petition that asked for a second opportunity to vote on the rejected contract. However, the company refused the offer. The contract had called for a seven-year wage freeze and a pay cut of 30 percent for new hires and employees who return from being laid off. Oklahoma offered to cover the company’s moving costs if it would bring the jobs to the state. Union representatives said they believed Mercury Marine would have moved the jobs no matter the outcome of the vote. The company will slowly move the jobs over the next 36 months and during that time will make a decision on the future of the white collar jobs at the company’s headquarters also currently located in the city.