More than 200 Mercury employees call for a revote

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — More than 200 union members at Mercury Marine have signed petitions calling for a second vote on the labor contract rejected Sunday, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Union officials met Tuesday afternoon with Mark Schwabero, Mercury Marine president, but no changes were made to the contract and no plans for a second vote on the proposal were announced. In addition, union officials said Thursday there won’t be a second vote unless the company makes substantial changes to the contract proposal.

However, leaders of the petition drive told the Journal Sentinel that many workers assumed there would be more negotiations and another vote.

“Everybody thought if they voted this down, just like with previous contracts, they could come back and revote” on a better deal, Fred Toth Jr., who helped start the petition drive, told the paper.

Union workers at Mercury voted Sunday to reject a contract proposal that would have kept manufacturing jobs in Fond du Lac through 2016. As a result, the company said Monday it will consolidate much of its Fond du Lac manufacturing operations with its existing operations in an expanded Stillwater, Okla., facility.

To read the full Journal Sentinel report, click here.

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