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Harley works it out with unions

Union workers at Harley-Davidson have voted to accept three new contracts.

Members of two United Steelworkers locals and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted Friday (April 11th) to agree to the new four-year contracts. The three unions represent about 2,210 Harley-Davidson employees.

The new contract includes improvements in wages and health care benefits, including the establishment of Health Reimbursement Arrangements, a system that lets union members use HRA money to help pay for health care expenses. The new contract will also help moderate the rising cost of health care plans.

The agreements cover about 1,700 United Steelworkers employed at Harley plants in the Milwaukee area. They also cover 360 Steelworkers at the company's plant in Tomahawk, Wis., and about 150 employees represented by the Machinists' Lodge 78 in Milwaukee.

The Steelworkers' agreement calls for 2 percent annual wage increases for each of the four years. As before, employees will have no health care premiums and minimal out-of-pocket medical deductibles.

The motorcycle maker says the contracts will be retroactive to Tuesday, when the previous contracts expired.


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