Unions part ways with Harley-Davidson

The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the United Steelworkers (USW) ended their two-decades-long partnership with Harley-Davidson Inc. Sept. 12, citing the way senior management handles staffing issues, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

A Harley spokesperson said the unions’ decision doesn’t change how the Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer will work with its union employees.

IAM president Robert Martinez noted three ways the unions believe Harley is working against its union employees: utilizing casual or temporary employees at the expense of full-time, hourly workers; building Harley factories in India, Thailand, and Brazil to produce motorcycles rather than building them in the United States; and sourcing work to third-party providers.