Harley-Davidson CEO got $6.4M pay pac...

Harley-Davidson CEO got $6.4M pay package in 2010

There are 67 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Mar 14, 2011, titled Harley-Davidson CEO got $6.4M pay package in 2010. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

Harley-Davidson Inc. CEO Keith Wandell received compensation valued at $6.4 million in 2010, up 1 percent from 2009, when the executive spent only eight months on the job.

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BIKEBUILDERPA

York, PA

#21 Mar 15, 2011
I was laid off from Harley and didn't even get ANY severance since I was called back after the contract was shoved down the throats of my former fellow associates! Even one tenth of that compensation would allow me to either keep my house or help me pay to go to school to get a better position and salary so I could FIRE someone like him! This compensation is absurd! Typical Executive America. Capitalism is one thing but this is tyranny!
TierneyNotes wrote:
News Item: Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell received
compensation valued at $6.4 million dollars in 2010.
Wandell receives compensation that is astronomical in view of the concessions conceded to by the workers and those who chose to resign to keep the company solvent. This is absolutely intolerable. Executive jobs require talented decision makers who can delegate tasks to talented aides and rank and file; but in the face of a company that scared employees into conceding or they would move to Tennessee, this is an outrage. And no, I don't believe sports figures are worth what they are paid either, and they are prone to disabling injuries.
Mr. Wandell should re-invest a fair amount of his atrocious compensation into Harley; to improve sales
even more, rehire those who quit to "SAVE" the York and
Milwaukee production facilities, and at least provide
pay incentives of some value to those who stayed and
made the stated earnings possible.
Instead, he will assume he is solely responsible for
Harley's successful 2010 performance, and completely
miss the continued anger the general public has toward
corporations whose greed is overpowering this country's
attempts to recover a balanced cost of living.
Congratulations on a job well done, Mr. Wandell. What
will you do to earn the respect of your employees other
than shareholders and the rank and file who benefit
from the worker sacrifices that make you so special?
John Tierney
West Manchester Township
BIKEBUILDERPA

York, PA

#22 Mar 15, 2011
Mr Downtown Resident,
I am a laid off worker from Harley. Trimming the fat is one thing being a dictator is another. The union and salary personnel did not get type of bonus or raise. Many benefits were taken away, things the Union actually suggested five years ago AND many ways to curb costs but Mr. "Wendollar's" predicessors didn't want to listen. They only wanted to raise the production and the stock price! NO workers are being called back. The so called casual workers will have no chance of anytype of permanent employment with Harley. It is a typical Executive kill america deal!
Oh yes and we union workers? WE DID OUR JOBS AND VERY WELL! Otherwise Harley never would have come back from bankruptcy and risen to the level they were at until Wendell took over. I know I live it!
Downtown Resident wrote:
Mr Tierney, he didn't get a $200mil swing by giving union workers extra benefits and overtime. He did it by trimming the fat, getting rid of dead weight, breaking down the unions and making the manufacturing process more efficient. Do you know for a fact there weren't bonuses handed out? That raises weren't provided to those who proved their worth to the company? That temporarily layed off and furloughed employees weren't brought back? Maybe you were one of them, maybe you're a sore union employee who banked on the fact that you would be saved by big brother and you weren't. I dont know, but I know this, that man made that kindof money because he did his job and he saved a company, if you were in a position to do the same you would expect to be compensated for it just as he was.
Curly Joe Besser

New Freedom, PA

#23 Mar 15, 2011
hdmilwaukee wrote:
<quoted text>the only stooge is you
Don't forget Shemp. Everybody forgets Shemp. And me.
American Nationalist

Red Lion, PA

#24 Mar 15, 2011
hdmilwaukee wrote:
<quoted text>the only stooge is you
That was one snappy come-back.
American Nationalist

Red Lion, PA

#25 Mar 15, 2011
TierneyNotes wrote:
News Item: Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell received
compensation valued at $6.4 million dollars in 2010.
Wandell receives compensation that is astronomical in view of the concessions conceded to by the workers and those who chose to resign to keep the company solvent. This is absolutely intolerable. Executive jobs require talented decision makers who can delegate tasks to talented aides and rank and file; but in the face of a company that scared employees into conceding or they would move to Tennessee, this is an outrage. And no, I don't believe sports figures are worth what they are paid either, and they are prone to disabling injuries.
Mr. Wandell should re-invest a fair amount of his atrocious compensation into Harley; to improve sales
even more, rehire those who quit to "SAVE" the York and
Milwaukee production facilities, and at least provide
pay incentives of some value to those who stayed and
made the stated earnings possible.
Instead, he will assume he is solely responsible for
Harley's successful 2010 performance, and completely
miss the continued anger the general public has toward
corporations whose greed is overpowering this country's
attempts to recover a balanced cost of living.
Congratulations on a job well done, Mr. Wandell. What
will you do to earn the respect of your employees other
than shareholders and the rank and file who benefit
from the worker sacrifices that make you so special?
John Tierney
West Manchester Township
That is one fine socialist rant.

I'm sure plenty of people think you make too much.
Curly Joe Besser

New Freedom, PA

#26 Mar 15, 2011
American Nationalist wrote:
<quoted text>
That was one snappy come-back.
Things were getting too heavy on this thread. Thought everyone could use a break!
dave

Marinette, WI

#27 Mar 15, 2011
American Nationalist wrote:
<quoted text>
That is one fine socialist rant.
I'm sure plenty of people think you make too much.
Another boot licking, butt sniffing apologist for the greasy corporate sleeze bags. Why is it that middle age white males in low paying jobs without benefits are the first to support corporate greed at the management level? But they can't come up with an encouraging word for the regular Joe. You suck, American Nazi.
gamble93

Lemoyne, PA

#28 Mar 16, 2011
you know, i have sat back for the last 4 years and read all the comments..all i can see is everyone against the harley workers dont work there.i do.. how can an outsider dictate what we make?...we worked hard for those benefits and went through hard times.....brought them back from the brink of extinction in the 80's.and were thsnked by a bunch of outsiders ( ceo and board of directors<most of which have never been there>) for our loyalty by having all we had TAKEN away...how many of you naysayers have a $1500 insuraance deductible???( i can see the hands now...lol)
Comrade Obama

York, PA

#29 Mar 16, 2011
It's amazing to me to read all these posts from people who think the company owes them something. It's real simple, you show up and work and the company pays you. End of story! Now if the company's smart, they will try to hold onto the better employees. That's what Harley's doing. They got rid of the dead weight and now they're making a profit! If you work hard and are worth what you're being paid, you don't need a union. After all unions in America have driven the cost of labor so high that companies now do as much as possible over seas.
Comrade Obama

York, PA

#30 Mar 16, 2011
gamble93 wrote:
you know, i have sat back for the last 4 years and read all the comments..all i can see is everyone against the harley workers dont work there.i do.. how can an outsider dictate what we make?...we worked hard for those benefits and went through hard times.....brought them back from the brink of extinction in the 80's.and were thsnked by a bunch of outsiders ( ceo and board of directors<most of which have never been there>) for our loyalty by having all we had TAKEN away...how many of you naysayers have a $1500 insuraance deductible???( i can see the hands now...lol)
The reason people are against the unions is that most of us are non union. We have to work hard and earn everything we get. We don't have some collective forcing our employer to over pay us or guarantee us our jobs. Most Americans realize that unions are another form socialism/communism (take your pick) and Americans for the most part are against it.

WOW!!! You pay a $1500 anual deductible? LOL... As a self employed person, I as well as most of my friends pay that every month in premiums! Then there's the decuctible and co-pays. You've had it so easy you don't even realize it. Well welcome to the real world comrade!
Say no to baby Factories

York, PA

#31 Mar 16, 2011
gamble93 wrote:
you know, i have sat back for the last 4 years and read all the comments..all i can see is everyone against the harley workers dont work there.i do.. how can an outsider dictate what we make?...we worked hard for those benefits and went through hard times.....brought them back from the brink of extinction in the 80's.and were thsnked by a bunch of outsiders ( ceo and board of directors<most of which have never been there>) for our loyalty by having all we had TAKEN away...how many of you naysayers have a $1500 insuraance deductible???( i can see the hands now...lol)
Boo Hoo. Cry me a river. I have been in the plant and have seen with my own two eyes the complete and total lack of effort on most employees parts. I have seen people stand around for 5 minutes after the macjhine was done its cycle to unload it because they were shootung the breeze with another employee that was ignoring an alarm on his machine. As for your insurance, welcome to the real world you know the one where real people actually work and have to pay bills. Cry baby.
Comrade Obama

York, PA

#32 Mar 16, 2011
Say no to baby Factories wrote:
<quoted text>
Boo Hoo. Cry me a river. I have been in the plant and have seen with my own two eyes the complete and total lack of effort on most employees parts. I have seen people stand around for 5 minutes after the macjhine was done its cycle to unload it because they were shootung the breeze with another employee that was ignoring an alarm on his machine. As for your insurance, welcome to the real world you know the one where real people actually work and have to pay bills. Cry baby.
Can you believe he actuallt wrote that about the $1500 deductible? I had to laugh.
hdmilwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

#33 Mar 16, 2011
Curly Joe Besser wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't forget Shemp. Everybody forgets Shemp. And me.
Curry shemp would have been happy you mentioned him.
dave

Marinette, WI

#34 Mar 16, 2011
gamble93 wrote:
you know, i have sat back for the last 4 years and read all the comments..all i can see is everyone against the harley workers dont work there.i do.. how can an outsider dictate what we make?...we worked hard for those benefits and went through hard times.....brought them back from the brink of extinction in the 80's.and were thsnked by a bunch of outsiders ( ceo and board of directors<most of which have never been there>) for our loyalty by having all we had TAKEN away...how many of you naysayers have a $1500 insuraance deductible???( i can see the hands now...lol)
I've never been a union worker, but I've read enough history to know that we'd all be working for a plate of beans and a soiled cot if it weren't for the unions. The pay you receive in any job, salaried workers included, is not based on the generosity of your employer(give me a fricking break), but on the battles fought by the unions over the last one hundred years. If you have any benefits, vacation time or weekends off, thank the unions. Anyone who thinks differently is a nitwit.
dave

Marinette, WI

#35 Mar 16, 2011
Take a good look at the anti union posts. These people can't spell even simple words. They can't compose a coherent sentence. They're uneducated white trash. They use words like "socialist," but they don't really have a clue what they mean. They're just parroting what they heard someone else say. Since it's no longer acceptable to put down ethnic minorities, they latch on to union workers as a safe target. They need to put somebody down in a desperate attempt to raise themselves up. Look at their screen names, such as "Curly Joe Besser," for clues of their intellectual development. These are dumb people working in dumb low paying jobs. They hate the unions because they're jealous of people who have family supporting jobs and are treated with a measure of dignity and respect. Envy and jealousy are every bit as ugly as hate.
Say no to baby Factories

York, PA

#36 Mar 17, 2011
dave wrote:
Take a good look at the anti union posts. These people can't spell even simple words. They can't compose a coherent sentence. They're uneducated white trash. They use words like "socialist," but they don't really have a clue what they mean. They're just parroting what they heard someone else say. Since it's no longer acceptable to put down ethnic minorities, they latch on to union workers as a safe target. They need to put somebody down in a desperate attempt to raise themselves up. Look at their screen names, such as "Curly Joe Besser," for clues of their intellectual development. These are dumb people working in dumb low paying jobs. They hate the unions because they're jealous of people who have family supporting jobs and are treated with a measure of dignity and respect. Envy and jealousy are every bit as ugly as hate.
Pot meet kettle. The only thing worse than envy is condescension. You are obviously a union worker and have to put others down to make your self feel better because you do not have the sack to stand for yourself. You must pay others to take up your battles. You have never "fought" for anything, your paid lackeys have always talked for you while you wet yourself sitting in a corner.
gamble93

Lemoyne, PA

#37 Mar 17, 2011
dear "comrade obama" and "say no".... you just proved my point....what happened to us WILL happen to you.**IT rolls downhill.....you CHOSE to be self -employed, Obama..i chose to work for a company that made promises and broke them whem the recession hit.when i cant spend money, ii cant patronize your place of business....and to "say no" ...dont know when you were there and what you saw, but we work on a time frame and if we arent working, there's hell to pay( must have sloughed in on a factory tour on a saturday)...thank you dave!
Frank

York, PA

#38 Mar 17, 2011
The CEO of Harley deserves every penny he makes!! He got rid of the bums and turned the company around for the better!!
Say no to baby Factories

York, PA

#39 Mar 17, 2011
gamble93 wrote:
dear "comrade obama" and "say no".... you just proved my point....what happened to us WILL happen to you.**IT rolls downhill.....you CHOSE to be self -employed, Obama..i chose to work for a company that made promises and broke them whem the recession hit.when i cant spend money, ii cant patronize your place of business....and to "say no" ...dont know when you were there and what you saw, but we work on a time frame and if we arent working, there's hell to pay( must have sloughed in on a factory tour on a saturday)...thank you dave!
No, I was in building 2 for well over three weeks straight. The goofing off I saw was not s one time thing, it was a constant thing. I really do not know why they even kept those pewople there when all they did was push a tray into a machine and push a button. "Highly skilled"? They could teach a chimp to do a better job. Your precious union at one time was in fact a necessity. That was 40 years ago. Unions have outlived their usefulness and this one talked its members right out of a job.
Once again I think it serves them right because those members did not have the sack to stand up or out as an individual. They preferred to stand in a corner like a sheep and got the proverbial ax.
Bill Gates

York, PA

#40 Mar 17, 2011
Big deal, my wife gives more than that to her 'Pool Boy' every momfth! Jealousy will eat you alive!!!

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