Machinists Union Outraged at Harley-Davidson Kansas City Plant Closure

Harley-Davidson management announced early Tuesday that it will close a manufacturing facility in Kansas City, MO. The closure affects 572 Machinists Union members at Harley and Syncreon.

“Kansas City is suffering the consequences of Harley-Davidson’s continued neglect of its North American workforce and ridership,” said International President Bob Martinez. “Harley-Davidson has yet to put together a program that increases market share in North America with motorcycles made here, instead of overseas. Why can’t Harley-Davidson manufacture its new electric motorcycle in Kansas City? This company’s executive leadership team is letting Harley-Davidson’s foundation crumble.

“Hundreds of working families are now wondering what their future holds because of this self-proclaimed American icon’s insistence on shipping our jobs to Asia and South America. I’m sick of seeing our jobs disappear or turn into part-time work. We hope investors and policy-makers join our call to finally bring our jobs home. I am employing every resource necessary to assist Kansas City and our membership.”