Mercury Marine officials may be done meeting with representatives of their employees union, but the company is still getting out information to hourly employees about contract changes as the union prepares for a vote. Mercury spokesman Steve Fleming says they set up a hotline staffed by volunteers to answer questions employees may have about proposed contract changes. That phone number is 1-866-637-2456.
Fleming says they are asking for a three-year wage freeze and after that there would be an evaluation that could increase pay. He says they also want hourly employees to accept a benefit package similar to what salaried employees receive. Those employees who are recalled from layoffs and new hires would get lower rates of pay.
The union votes on the contract changes Sunday. Without an agreement the boat motor manufacturer is likely going to move operations to Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Contributed by Bob Nelson-KFIZ