Why 2nd vote was too little too late

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Mercury Marine held firm to it’s deadline of 11:59 pm last Saturday for the union in Fond du Lac to accept the proposed contract changes.  For all the rhetoric put out by the union leadership they had a fair chance, but in the end blew it.

The company said the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 1947 should not have waited until 10 p.m. Saturday to launch a second vote on a contract proposal that expired at midnight.

“There was an entire week in which the union should have allowed its members to have a second vote, rather than wait until two hours prior to the deadline,” company spokesman Steve Fleming said.

As the company pointed out there was another community involved and further delay wouldn’t have been fair to them.

“People should be reminded that there was another town, that we are very compatible with, in Oklahoma anxiously awaiting the results” of the vote, Fleming said.

“Frankly, it would be unethical to tell Stillwater that there was a schedule and a set of conditions for negotiations and then throw it all out the window because the union in Fond du Lac chose not to allow its members to vote” in a timely fashion. (Source: Mercury says 2nd vote too late to save jobs – Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal)

Plain and simple Mercury Marine was more than fair to the union during this entire process and gave them ample time following the vote to re-consider that decision.  The union dragged it’s feet and didn’t ensure a 2nd vote was completed and tabulated by the deadline.

That’s why it’s laughable what the union leadership had to say in calling off the vote this afternoon.

In a news release Monday afternoon, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers stopped short of saying that a second vote on a proposed labor contract was canceled. That vote was to continue until 6 p.m.

But “Mercury Marine failed to contact the union by noon today. Therefore, there is no last, best and final proposal on the table for the union to vote on,” according to the union’s District 10 headquarters. (Source: Mercury Marine union vote apparently called off – Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal)

It’s laughable because as of 11:59 pm Saturday there was no company proposal to vote on.  And once the deadline passed Mercury had no further obligation to contact the union.

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