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Breaking: Mercury Marine Union Passes Concession Vote

Just happened shortly after the bottom of the hour with the first report coming on Twitter from WFRV 5’s Angenette Levy.

They don’t have anything online as I’m typing this, but here’s the report from WLUK Fox 11.

Union workers at Mercury Marine have voted “yes” on contract changes keeping hundreds of jobs in Fond du Lac.

Union workers with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947 released the results of the third vote just before 6:30 p.m.

Without the “yes” vote the company said it would moved 850 manufacturing jobs to Stillwater, Oklahoma. The union has already rejected the proposal once, and missed an initial deadline with another vote, but the company gave the union this last chance to save the jobs.

The most recent vote got underway at 6 a.m. Thursday.

Fond du Lac County executive Allen Buechel, Fond du Lac city manager Tom Herre, and Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation president Brenda Hicks-Sorensen are expected to hold a news conference in response to the vote results at 8 p.m.

Numerous TV stations in the Green Bay area are posting via Twitter than the union either will not, or hasn’t posted the vote count.

UPDATE: WFRV has the statement from the President of Mercury Marine over the results.

“After weeks of intense discussions and completion of the voting process, we accept the union’s ratification of our contract proposal,” said Mark Schwabero, president of Mercury Marine. “As we’ve stated throughout this important process, comprehensive changes to wages, benefits and operational flexibility are necessary for Mercury to effectively compete in a smaller and fundamentally changed marketplace.”

Consolidation of work in Fond du Lac will include transition of work from the company’s Stillwater, Okla., facilities over the next 18-24 months. Schwabero thanked the Stillwater community and Mercury Marine employees for their support.
“Our employees in Stillwater and Fond du Lac, as well as the communities and the states of Oklahoma and Wisconsin, have been very supportive throughout this challenging period,” Schwabero said. “In both locations, community and business leaders as well as our employees have done everything possible to help ensure a sustainable future for Mercury Marine. We want to thank each of them for their commitment and focus, particularly during these last two months.”

Schwabero said the company will develop and execute a transition plan that balances the needs of employees, the communities and Mercury Marine’s future.

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Mercury Marine Vote: Take Three

I’m beginning to wonder who’s more excited about this news, the Northeast Wisconsin media or the people of Fond du Lac.

The union at Mercury Marine says there will be another vote on a package of wage and benefit concessions the company says it needs to keep 850 jobs from moving to Oklahoma.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers says the vote will take place Thursday and Friday.

Union spokesman Mike King says company executives and union leaders met Tuesday and prepared what he called a supplement with some clarifications regarding the package of concessions.

The union has said that on Aug. 23 it overwhelmingly rejected the deal the company called its best and last offer to keep the jobs from moving to a nonunion plant in Stillwater, Okla. A second, last-minute vote took place after the deadline expired at midnight Saturday and the results were never tabulated.

A Mercury Marine spokesman did not immediately return a telephone message.

No one still knows what the vote outcome will be though.

http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local_wluk_fonddulac_mercury_marine_vote_200909011632_rev1

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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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Members of Mercury Union Looking into Possible 2nd Vote

Well, we’ll see how this goes in coming days.

The union at Mercury Marine that rejected some wage and benefit concessions is researching whether a second vote is possible.

Dan Longsine is the lead negotiator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947. He said Wednesday he was unsure whether a second vote could be called without any changes in the deal.

But he says the boat engine maker has offered to provide some written clarifications regarding some of wording in the contract.

Longsine says more than 70 percent of those voting Sunday rejected concessions that Mercury Marine says it needs or many of the 850 manufacturing jobs will be moved to a nonunion plant in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Longsine says he knows some members are having second thoughts and many expected a second vote.

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Mercury Marine Confirms, A “No” Vote Will Cost Fond du Lac

It’s all up to the local Machinists union now.

Mercury Marine executives said Thursday afternoon that all manufacturing jobs – and probably the corporate headquarters – will leave if a union vote on concessions fails Sunday.

There are about 850 manufacturing jobs, and about 1,100 other jobs at Fond du Lac. Anywhere between zero and 200 jobs would remain in Fond du Lac if both the manufacturing and corporate jobs were moved, said Mercury Marine president Mark Schwabero.

Should the company decide to move, it would happen over the course of the next two or three years, he said.

Anyone else notice we haven’t heard much on how the involvement of Governor Doyle in these talks went?

CBS 5 in Green Bay has more on the pending moves of Mercury.

Mercury Marine President Mark Schwabero says his company’s future in Fond du Lac is “very much riding” on its union’s vote on concessions this weekend.

Schwabero held a news conference Thursday to tell the public what the union is voting on, and the implications of that vote on the future of the company.

He says if the union approves the contract, current employees will keep the same pay but see some reductions in their health care and pensions.

It will also mean that 200 manufacturing jobs will eventually move from the company’s plant in Stillwater, Okla., to Fond du Lac.

However, he says, if the union rejects the deal Sunday about 850 manufacturing jobs will got south to Oklahoma.

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Mercury Marine Vote Set for Sunday

The deadline has passed, an agreement has been ironed out, but there’s no guarantee it will pass.

The union that represents the hourly workers at Mercury Marine Inc. ended contract negotiations with the company Monday and said it would take the company’s proposal to its membership for a vote – but stopped short of an endorsement.

Union officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The company says it must have contract concessions from the Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers or it might move up to 2,000 jobs from Fond du Lac to Stillwater, Okla.

“It’s extremely disappointing that these past two weeks of negotiations, as well as months of preparation, have not resulted in a tentative agreement,” Mercury Marine President Mark Schwabero said in a statement.

Representatives of the company and union leadership have met over the last two weeks to negotiate changes on benefits, wages and operational flexibility.

On their website, Green Bay’s WFRV CBS 5, highlights the two sides are still very far apart, and the union didn’t opening say it, but seems to want their members to reject the agreement.

Here’s their report, it doesn’t give one the warm fuzzies:

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