Harley-Davidson Employees In Wisconsin Approve New Labor Agreements

All three unions representing Harley-Davidson employees in Wisconsin have voted to ratify new four-year collective bargaining agreements with the company, retroactive to April 1.

H-D has individual labor agreements with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2-209, representing about 1,700 employees and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) 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 cover about 2,210 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, Harley-Davidson VP, Human Resources.

In addition to improvements in wages, the new contracts provide for the establishment of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) for bargaining unit employees, under which they can use HRA 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.