First, Folgers and now Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle maker is threatening to bolt Kansas City unless plant employees bow to wage and other concessions.
KMBC Channel 9 reported that Harley-Davidson could merge the Kansas City plant's operations with those in York, Pennsylvania, a threat that Harley-Davidson has been using in plant cities across the nation.
With the kind of leverage that threat provides, Harley-Davidson can argue that "recent internal studies show significant cost, efficiency and production flexibility gaps in the Kansas City operations."
Basically, workers, you're fucked. Harley-Davidson has been issuing threats like this in cities across the country -- even threatening to move operations to Kansas City. How ironic? And the company has been getting what it wants, too.
Harley-Davidson released a statement saying a decision will be made in the first quarter of 2011, just so workers don't feel comfortable heading into the holidays.