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Harley-Davidson Has a Falling-Out With Unions

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:25 AM by Dave Goldstein

Harley-Davidson Has a Falling-Out With Unions

Jamie Butters 
September 12, 2017, 11:48 AM EDT September 12, 2017, 3:38 PM EDT
·         Machinists, Steelworkers end decades of formal cooperation  
        ·         Company says it remains committed to American factories

    Harley-Davidson Inc., held up by President Donald Trump as a beacon of American manufacturing, has had a falling-out with U.S. unions accusing the company of trying to “systematically dismantle” its hourly workforce.

The motorcycle maker has been using temporary instead of full-time employees, outsourcing work to third parties and eliminating American jobs while constructing plants in India, Thailand and Brazil, according to Robert Martinez Jr., the president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Martinez listed these complaints in a letter to members Monday and joined the United Steelworkers on Tuesday in announcing their withdrawal from a two-decade long partnership with the company.

Harley Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich agreed Monday to work with the unions to resolve staffing issues, according to the unions. The USW said in July that Harley was laying off 180 employees in Kansas City, Missouri, and Milwaukee, where the company is based.

Faced with a decline in U.S. biking, Harley is trying to build ridership overseas and is producing motorcycles outside the country to avoid tariffs, spokeswoman Pat Sweeney said by phone. The company will continue to work cooperatively with labor leaders and members despite the unions ending the official partnership agreement, she said.

“We’re not shifting U.S. jobs overseas,” Sweeney said. “We remain very committed to American manufacturing.”

From Bloomberg News

CDC pushing for Mandatory Helmet laws NATION WIDE!!!

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:15 AM by Dave Goldstein   [ updated Nov 14, 2013, 8:17 AM ]

MMA URGENT UPDATE - MRF News Release - CDC Task Force to Recommend Mandatory Helmet Laws

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) would like to share an important message with its membership concerning a move by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calling on all 50 States to enact Mandatory Helmet Laws.

Such draconian measures have not been taken in this country since the mid-1960's, when the Federal Government effectively held States hostage by withholding Federal Highway Money, which is ultimately paid by our roadway and gas taxes, if the States did not enact a Mandatory Helmet Law.  Ultimately overturned in the 1970's, currently, 31 States have Helmet Laws that allow for Adult Choice concerning helmets.

For over a year now, the Centers for Disease Control has been actively taking up the mantra of Helmets as an economic cost-savings measure -- information that has been refuted -- while ignoring the fact that their core mission is to protect America from disease.  While some of us may joke about Motorcycling being a disease, we use it in a good context, not the negative one the CDC has decided to paint on us all.  Indeed, the CDC seems to believe that the opportunity is to make crashes safer rather than avoid crashing at all!

Given the extreme threat of disease facing our country and the reemergence of virus, flu and plague in our society brought on by more accessible international travel, it seems that the CDC should be focusing their own "economic cost-savings" on their number one priorities which is detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats.

The use of Helmets is neither new nor emerging.  Although statistically motorcycle deaths have increased per NHTSA statistics, they have not increased either proportionally nor in excess of the rate of growth of motorcycle ridership.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) today released the following News Release concerning the CDC's latest attack on Motorcyclists.  The MMA is a firm believer in Education, not Legislation, and ask that all concerned parties contact their state and federal legislators immediately to both ask that they support and endorse Representative Tom Petri's letter asking the CDC to discontinue this unnecessary research, and also to prevent endorsement of the CDC's call for a Mandatory Helmet Law.

Anonymous targets Australian politician over NEW BIKER LAWS....

posted Nov 5, 2013, 5:33 AM by Minuteman Hog

The SELF PROCLAIMED Robin Hood of the internet has targeted an Aussie politician for going TOO FAR with their new "BIKER LAWS".... Sounds like we might have a BIKER / HACKER out there!!! 

SYDNEY, Nov 4 – An Australian politician Monday dubbed activist group Anonymous “gutless cowards” after they warned Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to “expect us” over new laws aimed at biker gangs.

In a clip posted on YouTube by a masked person claiming to represent Anonymous Australia, Newman is singled out over the anti gang legislation, which the speaker said could be used against anybody and was unconstitutional.

Motorcycle gangs linked to organised crime are an increasing problem across Australia and under the laws passed by Queensland state last month gang members could have an extra 15 years added to any jail sentence.

“Premier Campbell Newman has gone too far. It breaches our very human rights, liberties and our Australian constitution,” said the masked man in the video which has been viewed close to 170,000 times since it was posted on Thursday.

“The creeping fascism has already begun and the bill is already being used against everyday people like you and me.

“Campbell Newman expect us.”

Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey said police were investigating the clip.

“Obviously they are just gutless cowards they have to hide behind a mask,” he said.

“It is very disappointing, but obviously police will investigate the matter thoroughly.”

Newman’s office has not commented, but police are also reportedly investigating how the premier’s home address and he and his wife’s mobile phone numbers were circulated on social media over the weekend.

Reports said Newman and his wife received confrontational phone calls as a result.

“This breach of the premier’s privacy is concerning and regrettable,” a spokesman for Newman said on Monday.

“It is particularly distasteful given it involves the premier’s family.

“But such appalling tactics will not dissuade the premier or the Newman government from the decisive action that is so vital to ensure the safety of all Queenslanders.”

Last month it was revealed that threats had been made against Queensland’s Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie since the laws were passed, but authorities have not elaborated on how these were conveyed.

Under Queensland’s new anti biker laws, those found guilty also face incarceration in a bikers only prison with no gym facilities or television access and having their motorcycles destroyed, while being banned from owning or working in tattoo shops.

But the legislation, which names motorcycle gangs the Bandidos, Hells Angels and Finks among 26 “criminal organisations”, has also been criticised by the Australian Council for Civil Liberties as “ludicrous and unjust”.

Experts say increased biker violence stems from turf wars over drug distribution, while the gangs are also allegedly involved in the distribution of firearms and explosives.


posted Dec 4, 2012, 7:06 AM by Dave Goldstein   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 8:10 AM by Tony Alfonzo ]

AMA News

posted Jun 12, 2012, 5:54 AM by Dave Goldstein   [ updated Mar 6, 2013, 6:50 AM ]

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