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Mercury union voting again on concessions


FOND DU LAC (AP) -- The union at Mercury Marine is voting on a package of wage and benefit concessions the boat-engine maker says it needs to keep 850 manufacturing jobs from moving to Oklahoma.

Union negotiator Keith Joseph says at least 200 workers had voted by midmorning Thursday. Voting by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947, was to continue at the union hall in Fond du Lac until 6 p.m. It will resume Friday.

Union member Wayne Belongia said he voted against the deal, which would freeze wages for seven years. He says it just wasn't feasible for his family.

Last month, the union announced its membership overwhelmingly rejected the concessions. The company said the deadline for the offer expired at midnight Saturday before a second vote ended. The two sides then worked out details for another vote.


Information from: The Reporter,

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