Harley-Davidson inks new deal with Wisconsin workers

Harley-Davidson has signed a new contract with the workers at its Menomonee Falls and Tomahawk plants.

Harley-Davidson saw its existing contract with those workers expire on April 1, although the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that deal was extended to April 14 to give union leaders and company execs a chance to work out a deal.

According to the newspaper, the new contract sees workers get a 14 per cent pay increase over the next five years, as well as a signing bonus, and improved pension benefits for existing union employees. Health care benefits remain unchained, and existing workers also see a retirement incentive.

The Journal-Sentinel says Harley-Davidson claims average wages for established full-time employees will now be more than $33 for workers based in the Milwaukee area, and more than $25 hourly for employees in Tomahawk.

Harley-Davidson also promised to invest $65 million into the Menomonee Falls factory, and $10 million into the Tomahawk facility.

The union employees in Menomee Falls and Tomahawk are represented by United Steelworkers Local 2-209 and USW Local 460.

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