Community reacts to Harley job cuts

Harley-Davidson employee Bambi Snyder figures she's right on the border of being laid off based on her seniority and the number of employees being cut by the company. Full Story
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Since: Nov 08

York, PA

#1 Jan 23, 2009
Well the gravy train is coming to a STOP. Well you know that old saying Pigs get fat and Hogs get butcher. Kick the Dam union out and be real on your Hr. pay this more then likely wouldn’t be happening. Or just hire a load of MEXICANS. And get read of everyone else.
union brother at BAE

Street, MD

#2 Jan 23, 2009
Good Luck to everyone involved. This sucks, and what Huggy doesn't think of is that YOU support the local economy.
tideman

York, PA

#3 Jan 23, 2009
The place will be closed in about a year due to the abuse by local workers here, they took advantage of the system in taking overtime, about time people wake up an be honest workers, after the last contract deal and what the leaders knew what goes on there the knew it was the best place to start the trim down effect, no one to blame but themselves.....
Top Dog

Newark, DE

#4 Jan 23, 2009
No money, no bikes sold, no jobs left. It's the economy.
Mee

Plainsboro, NJ

#6 Jan 24, 2009
abusing the system is working OT that was offered? I don't think so.....I've workied for 33 years and never hated anyone for getting OT when it was offered! Blame the big guys,CEO's etc. Not the averge Joe that's just trying to put food on the table for his family!
12 pack abs

Bethany, OK

#7 Jan 24, 2009
Brand recognition has carried 'em a long way. I love my air cooled V. But let's face it. The competition has caught up and out tech'ed 'em. Best lookin' bikes on the road are getting over run by affordability and dependablity. Not too late to whip it into shape if they face reality. Give a new water cooled easily serviced bike with Harley torque and I'll be the first one at the door if they don't blow smoke up my ass with their inflated pricing demands.
anonymous

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Jan 24, 2009
You can't blame the system or the big wigs. You are not there to see what actually goes on in there. If anyone should be to blame it should be the Maintenance workers who sit around on their regular shifts and overtime doing nothing and still get paid. Or you can blame the supervisors for not putting them to work, take your choice. What needs to happen is things need to change and Harley needs to trim the fat out of the company. The only way to do that is to get rid of the union. As for the average Joe, the average Joe there needs to wake up and see the problems they created with their laziness and how it affects the economy. But that won't happen because they won't blame themselves, they are to busy filing greivances to try to make up for the ovetime that was already cut.
Concern

York, PA

#9 Jan 24, 2009
I am concerned how the loss of jobs will impact the economy in York County but I am glad to see many of the greedy union workers out of jobs. They did this to themselves!
Living In Margaritaville

Davao City, Philippines

#10 Jan 24, 2009
12 pack abs wrote:
Brand recognition has carried 'em a long way. I love my air cooled V. But let's face it. The competition has caught up and out tech'ed 'em. Best lookin' bikes on the road are getting over run by affordability and dependablity. Not too late to whip it into shape if they face reality. Give a new water cooled easily serviced bike with Harley torque and I'll be the first one at the door if they don't blow smoke up my ass with their inflated pricing demands.
You were right in tune but then your last sentence put the "real" in "reality" as what ever they build it will be overpriced, what ever they do and what ever they say will be 'smoke up ur azz".......... any more questions???
30 broad

Camp Hill, PA

#11 Jan 24, 2009
my comment is to the bozo who wrote the article,and doesn't know that HD doesn't make a fat bob. It's a fat boy, you silly twit.

Since: Jun 08

York, PA

#12 Jan 24, 2009
I always find it amazing how so many people in the York area who are in these low paying McJobs despise the employees of Harley so much. Instead of complaining about how you don't have raises, health care or anything else, why don't you try to improve YOUR situation rather than wanting to see somebody else lose out?

Another thing: do any of you realize just how many other jobs in this area depend on this place? It's not just these guys that work there. It's the employees of all the local suppliers. It's the employees of all the places that these supposedly overpaid employees spend their money at. Every time a Harley worker stops for a cup of coffee on their way to work, that helping sustain a job for somebody else. Do you know how much these supposedly overpaid employees pay to various levels of government in taxes? Some people cut off their nose to spite their face.

Oh yeah, as for the OT, I seem to recall a few years back in their boom period, they supposedly had MANDATORY OT.
union brother at BAE

Street, MD

#13 Jan 24, 2009
30 broad wrote:
my comment is to the bozo who wrote the article,and doesn't know that HD doesn't make a fat bob. It's a fat boy, you silly twit.
YOU are the twit! The Fat Bob is in the Dyna family. Just goes to show how out of touch people are who post here.
mail man

Summerville, SC

#14 Jan 24, 2009
Yikes, There are alot of jealous people on this site. Who cares what Harley Workers make an hour. Do you think this is why the layoffs are coming. No could it be we are in a depression of the ecomomy and sales have plummeted. Thats the main reason folks!!!! Oh by the way whats Bambi's phone number she would look good on the back of my Harley.
dale

Manchester, MI

#15 Jan 24, 2009
Is this the Bambi from Red Lion class of 1977, she was trash then
bubba J

United States

#16 Jan 24, 2009
30 broad wrote:
my comment is to the bozo who wrote the article,and doesn't know that HD doesn't make a fat bob. It's a fat boy, you silly twit.
whats the difference fat bob fat boy so what
Jim Mann

Zephyrhills, FL

#17 Jan 24, 2009
I am sorry that they have to lay people off but they ask for it . I have been a Harley man for years . I can no longer afford one . The people working there cried for more money and got it . Now they will have to pay the price for there greed . Bring the pay down and lower the price of there bike and they might stay in busness .
tideman

York, PA

#18 Jan 24, 2009
LOL at Matt from york, by the way I do work in York area. own a home worth over 700,000, have health care, get raises, company match retirement higher then HD lol an everything else, york people at HD think they are the only ones that work lol, wake up cat thought the same, how they doing ??????
donthateplease

Bensalem, PA

#19 Jan 25, 2009
Just to set a few things straight- the price of a motorcycle is not set by the average everyday union employees. DUH! that is a management thing! Some of the union emploees have suggestrd that maybe that would stimulate sales but HD corporate would rather keep the price where it is and loan money to people who cant afford to pay it back when times get tough. HDFS is in the same boat as every other bank in america right now and I know it may dissapoint all you haters to hear this-no union employeees or sleeping maint. personel running that show! Even though I think some people in all areas of the buisiness have made some stupid decisions-those people can not control the fact that others have lost their jobs before us and would rather feed their families then ride their motorcycle. Bottom line....no one in this economy has money and lots of people do not have jobs. Lastly...to all of those making comments about Bambie Snyder-grow up!I don't even really know her but what grade are you folks in?Really........
tofaroutthere

Saginaw, MI

#20 Jan 25, 2009
they should bring the price of the bikes down to where the yamahas are they are not built any better .had a road king sold it now have a road star and put some money back in my pocket.

Since: Jun 08

York, PA

#21 Jan 25, 2009
The prices of the bikes are set by upper management. They have high prices because they can get high prices for them. If they can get $30k for a bike, then why would they sell it for $15k? It has nothing to do with the cost of making them... except that they won't sell them at a loss.

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