Union Workers Approve New Five-Year Contract At Harley-Davidson’s York Plant

YORK, PA – Union workers at Harley-Davidson’s factory here approved a new five-year contract with the motorcycle manufacturer on Tuesday night. They received wage increases and improved benefits as well as the elimination of a two-tier wage system.

The contract ratification vote came two months after workers unanimously rejected a tentative contract between Harley-Davidson and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents 1,300 employees.

Details of the new contract were not revealed. The union reported the elimination of the two-tier wage system under which Tier 2 workers were paid $5 per hour less than the Tier 1 workers who were hired before 2010.

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 “We are glad Harley-Davidson realized a two-tier system for the workforce is not good for the bottom line,” IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan said. 

“This contract reflects IAM Local (175) Members’ skills and dedication to making Harley-Davidson one of the most successful iconic brands in the world. I want to thank the Negotiating Committee for their patience in getting our Members a deal that locks in increased wages and benefits.”

Harley-Davidson’s vehicle operations plant in Springettsbury Township assembles motorcycles and performs other manufacturing functions. In response to the contract’s ratification, a company spokesman said, “We are pleased with the outcome and would like to thank our employees for their dedication to our iconic brand.”

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