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Mercury Marine / IAM Seeking “Clarity” on 2nd Vote

The military has a term for what’s going on in Fond du Lac these days around the 151 corridor…

FUBAR.

This only adds to it.

In a surprise turn of events, a Mercury Marine spokesman said Monday night that officials from the company and the union’s IAM Midwest Territory will meet as soon as Tuesday to “bring clarity” to the confusion surrounding union voting at the Labor Center.

“We’re talking,” Mercury communications director Steve Fleming said Monday night.

He declined to elaborate on the significance of the situation but indicated that “talking” did not mean negotiating at the bargaining table.

The brief Mercury statement follows: “In light of the uncertainty surrounding the voting by Mercury employees on the company’s ‘best and final’ offer made earlier to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Mercury and the IAM Midwest Territory have agreed to meet to bring clarity to the communications regarding the unchanged ‘best and final’ proposal.”

The statement came on the heels of voting at the Labor Center that was cut short without explanation Monday afternoon.

Union workers were under the impression when voting ended Monday afternoon that their attempt at a second vote had been dealt a mortal blow, and with it, the chance to save more than 800 manufacturing jobs at Mercury.

Voting ended abruptly by order of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Midwest Office.

In spite of delivering a vote on a proposed labor contract by the midnight deadline Saturday night, union workers were prompted by local union leaders to continue voting throughout the weekend and into Monday.

“We were planning on presenting the outcome to Mercury hoping they would have a change of heart,” said union worker Fred Toth Jr. “The (Midwest) union resisted the second effort for a vote, not the company.”

If you want to see something, I urge you to watch this report for CBS 5 WFRV out of Green Bay.  In it, you will see the union steward just take the uncounted ballots and put them in his truck never to be seen again.

He didn’t offer comment to the press nearby.

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  • maulreius

    Hmmm, the only thing certain is the IAM leadership is blinking incompetent. They had their chance and they messed it up bad.

  • maulreius

    Hmmm, the only thing certain is the IAM leadership is blinking incompetent. They had their chance and they messed it up bad.