Continental has said it would consider closing the plant and relocating product lines to lower-cost facilities if cost reductions aren't made to make the operation here "globally competitive."...
Continental last month told UAW representatives that the company's automotive business has been hurt by a slowdown in the automotive industry, and UAW sources say the company was looking for some $60 million in cost savings a year at the plant.
According to Continental, the Huntsville plant has the highest manufacturing costs of all Continental's North American plants that make electronic parts.
The Huntsville Continental plant has about 550 hourly employees who are union members, nearly 100 salaried employees who are union members and about 300
salaried, nonunion employees.
A mere four days ago, 850 members of the International Association of Machinists voted to reject their employer Mercury Marine's request for givebacks, despite the clear message from their employer that the company would move work from its Fon du Lac, Wisconsin plant to its Oklahoma plant.
Union officials say the company's latest proposal is a "suicide offer."
Which option would you take?
"Mercury Marine never intended for this offer to be accepted," said IAMAW Midwest territory vice president Philip Gruber. "Despite progress on every major issue and a commitment by the IAM to continue bargaining, the company balked in the final hours and added terms and conditions that assured members would reject the offer … Mercury Marine has been threatening these workers and this community for weeks. Some companies may hint at dire consequences as a bargaining tactic, but rarely do we see such extortion in plain view. It's unethical, it's
un-American and I respect any worker who stands up and refuses to be bullied."
Bad Leadership or Bad Decisions?