The statement from their employer, Mercury Marine, could not have been any clearer: We need concessions or we move.
Yet, it seems as though Machinists members in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin purposely ignored the warning and drank a whole lot of arsenic-laced Kool Aid in order to commit mass industrial suicide.
Now, if the 850 members of the International Association of Machinists soon find themselves on the unemployment line, they will have no one to blame but themselves.
The union knew the choices:
If the union votes to accept the proposal from Mercury on Sunday, existing jobs will remain in Fond du Lac and reduce operations in Stillwater and elsewhere, Mercury President Mark Schwabero said today.
A no vote, he said, means Stillwater could become a primary operations location
Nevertheless, earlier today Machinists members of Local 1947 ‘overwhelmingly’ rejected the company’s offer, knowing full well it cold cost them their jobs.
Granted, their choice was a difficult one (give back wages and benefits or see if the company’s ‘threat’ to move is real). However, by deciding to reject the company’s request and roll the dice, the Machinists members cannot blame Corporate America or anyone else if their jobs are eliminated.