Machinists at Mercury Marine Seek State Presence

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers requests Wisconsin Gov. James Doyle take an active part in any negotiations with Mercury Marine that could result in the closing the Fond du Lac facility.
Mercury Marine announced last week they are considering shifting operations from Fond du Lac, to Stillwater, a move that would eliminate as many as 2,000 local jobs and devastate the surrounding economy.
“The State of Wisconsin cannot afford stand by while a major corporation commits an act of economic extortion in its own backyard,” said IAM Business Representative Russell Krings. “Mercury Marine has benefited for decades from state and local tax incentives and public support. They cannot be allowed to use the current economic crisis to pit one small community against another for the privilege of their presence.”
IAM members in Fond du Lac recently ratified a four-year agreement with Mercury Marine that included a provision permitting the contract to be modified in the event of extreme circumstances. Proposals received from Mercury Marine this week would essentially eliminate nearly all economic and non-economic language in the collective bargaining agreement, except the provisions pertaining to management rights.



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