Harley-Davidson is offering voluntary layoffs to some of its workers in three Milwaukee-area plants.
Cyril Huze says the move comes as the manufacturer hopes to hire seasonal-part time workers to help meet demand at peak times.
They’re trying to reduce full-time staff at the plants by 26 per cent, or about 250 workers, to make way for the part-timers. After December 23, the company will begin involuntary layoffs, hiring the part-timers next spring.
This move has been in the works since 2010, when Harley-Davidson signed a new seven-year contract with 950 union workers. Harley-Davidson expects to save $50 million annually, starting in 2013, thanks to the changes in that contract.