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Harley Workers To Vote Between Job Cuts Or No Jobs

Wed, 12/02/2009 - 3:25am

December 2, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Workers at the Harley-Davidson plant in south-central Pennsylvania are poised to vote on whether to accept a labor contract that could keep the plant there.

However, the contract up for a vote Wednesday also would pave the way for deep job cuts at the York plant. Union members will be gathering in the early morning.

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson says it will decide the plant's fate sometime after the vote. Company and union negotiators agreed to the tentative contract last month.

The company says the plant is too inefficient and costly in light of steep sales declines, and have considered moving it to Kentucky.

A union official says he believes the contract's cost savings will compel the company to stay, while Gov. Ed Rendell is offering millions in incentives.

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