Harley-Davidson and unionized employees ratify collective agreement

The logo of American motorcycle company Harley-Davidson is seen on one of their models at a store in Paris, France, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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Aug 17 (Reuters) – Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N) and unionized workers at the manufacturer’s York, Pa., plant voted on Tuesday night to ratify a five-year contract deal for wage and salary increases. better benefits for factory workers.

The deal comes as unionized machinery and aerospace workers demand better pension benefits, fair wages amid high inflation and safer working conditions. Earlier this month, Boeing Co (BA.N) managed to avoid a strike by unionized workers after the company revised its contract offer. Read more

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which represents 1,300 Harley workers and 2,500 Boeing employees, said in a statement that members’ resilience resulted in a better contract. Union employees voted unanimously to reject a tentative contract between Harley and IAM officials in June.

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The union did not detail all of the contract changes, but said the agreement ended a two-tier wage system, in which Tier 2 workers were paid $5 less per hour than Tier 2 workers. 1 who had been hired before 2010.

“Solidarity paid off, and together the members won the day, eliminating the two-tier pay system,” IAM District Representative Kermit Forbes said in the statement.

Harley-Davidson was pleased with the result, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

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Reporting by Bianca Flowers in Chicago Editing by Matthew Lewis

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