Harley could be next in Milwaukee exodus | The Columbus Dispatch
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#1 Aug 8, 2010
Remember when the government imposed high tarrifs to "protect" Harley.....But the fact was, the union wouldn't accept a contract that allowed Harley to compete........
They'll be lucky if the stay in the USA.......Non-union Honda no longer makes mororcycles in the USA.....
#2 Aug 8, 2010
hey america, what does it take to see what the greedy labor unions are doing to this country?? democrats, the party of takers!
#3 Aug 8, 2010
"Company spokesman Bob Klein said Harley wants to remain faithful to Milwaukee, but its production schedule needs to be more closely aligned with seasonal demand, a change that would require approval from labor unions."
Unions are only good for featherbedding and repeating their slogan: "It's not my job."
I was at a state office the other day trying to file something. The guard didn't have a clue. When things were finally figured out, I asked why doesn't he just have a time stame machine and accept documents at his station.
"It's not my job. I work for DAS, and DAS only manages the building."
And the state says it doesn't have enough money? Just think how much is wasted by the union!!!
#4 Aug 8, 2010
It sounds to me like Harley execs have already made up their mind.
Just like NCR execs had done 5-10 years ago.
#5 Aug 8, 2010
...but then this is just as likely an overplayed corporate extortion tactic where the company is REALLY saying "give us more tax breaks, more free everything" and then maybe we'll stick around long enough to realize the tax savings we extorted from you years before.
#6 Aug 8, 2010
Let 'em go to Texas or wherever! In fact, if they're headed south let 'em keep right on going straight into Mexico! Nothing but noisy stink-pots ridden by people barely evolved beyond the simians some knucklehead scientists we descended from. Good riddance, Harley!
#7 Aug 8, 2010
Not much different than the Blue Jackets threatening to leave Columbus if the taxpayers don't pony up $$$$$$$$
#8 Aug 8, 2010
That's the kind of thinking that helped us get to where we are today
#9 Aug 8, 2010
No reason for Harley Davidson to leave Milwaukee.
They have an excellent workforce. I toured the plant and it is top notch.
These corporations seem determined to squeeze the last penny for the stockholders and executives.
#10 Aug 8, 2010
Everyone in other fields have taken pay cuts to protect their jobs >>> In this tough enviroment where unemployment is rampant the guys on the assembly line @ Harley are going to have give till it hurts if they want to stay in Milwaukee
Harley is a great American Icon >>> A move to Chicago would be bad , but a move to Mexico or China would be a disaster !
Harley been bailed out before but it probably won't happen again >>> Lets hope the employees in Milwaukee will loose the battle but win the war
#11 Aug 8, 2010
Funny that the liberal Associated Press gently tip-toes around the "elephant in the living room" - the greedy unions.
So the AP wants you to know that Harley Davidson is moving, but they really don't want you to know the real reason why, outside of "a change that would require the approval of labor unions". WOW!!! Now THAT'S some real gum-shoe reporting, not leaving a single stone unturned!!!
Unlike the AP, a CREDIBLE news source would have run an article with the headline: "Unions Refuse to Negotiate - Harley Davidson to Leave Milwaukee". And the article would detail the iron-fisted tactics of the unions, and the political clout they have had forever in Democrat-happy Milwaukee.
Milwaukee has forever been dominated by Democrats - and it's citizens will continue to enjoy the fruits of their idiocy.
#12 Aug 8, 2010
I don't know if they are asking for cuts, but they are asking for the power to asign people to perform tasks like any other company does.
I go back to my experience with the State on Thursday. I go to file some paperwork the guard was going to send me away. He also didn't let me go to the floor I needed to go to. I refused to leave the building, so the guard made several phone calls until he got to the director's office. The director tracked down the person I needed and she was sent down to come get my paperwork. Then she takes it upstairs to stamp it. Then she has to bring it back to me downstairs.
The guard said, "It's not my job. I work for DAS. I'm not allowed to stamp." The woman who came down said, "It's my job to stamp, but I have to take it upstairs, stamp it, and then bring it down for you."
I have no doubt that Harley operates in a similar manner, because the union exists only to featherbed. Now think of how many wasted steps and how much wasted time it took to get a stupid letter filed (almost one hour). Think of this same thing going on thousands of times a day and you have your answer why people hate unions.
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