Harley locks out workers, halts production

2007-02-01 13:19
Officials at Harley-Davidson's Springettsbury Township plant today locked out workers who voted Wednesday to strike after their contract expires at midnight.

It was not immediately known exactly when Harley officials locked the doors, but employees who arrived for work at 7 a.m. and afterward today could not get in to the facility.

The company still is expected to pay workers for the day.

"My wife and I get up to go to work this morning, go to the parking lot, and everybody was standing there," said Joel Toner, a motorcycle test technician at the plant. "We're coming to work, and they more or less told us that we can't come to work."

Milwaukee-based Harley issued a statement this morning, saying it suspended production of Touring and Softail motorcycles at the York County plant "as a result of the pending strike."

Ninety-eight percent of 2,722 workers Wednesday voted to strike after rejecting Harley's proposed contract.

Workers are scheduled to begin picketing at 12:01 a.m. Friday in three-hour shifts at the facility on Eden Road as well as at a company warehouse on North George Street in East Manchester Township.

Source: Daily Record/Sunday News

Link: http://www.ydr.com/newsfull/ci_5133882

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