Mercury Marine meets with union

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Representatives from the International Association of Machinists met with management from Mercury Marine on Monday, according to a report from Wisconsin’s WBAY-TV. Mercury would not comment on the meeting, but a union representative said it centered on contract negotiations.

“They wanted to sit down and talk about making improvements and adjustments to the contract, and they have given us a proposal to that effect,” Russell Krings of the machinists union told WBAY.

Mercury officials said last week the company is considering closing its Fond du Lac plant and moving operations to its facility in Stillwater, Okla. A decision, which could affect about 2,000 workers in Northeast Wisconsin, is expected by the end of summer.

Monday’s meeting lasted about five hours and served as a listening session for the union, WBAY reports.

“I really haven’t gotten into it far enough yet to be able to know what it’s all about,” Krings told the station.

WBAY reports Mercury had no comment on the meeting and that officials said it won’t for a while, as they wait for the negotiation and evaluation process to play out.

The union told the station it plans to meet with management again next week.

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