In a State of the State address delivered earlier this week, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle made special mention of last year’s high-profile fight to save jobs at the Mercury Marine facility in Fond du Lac, WI. Gov. Doyle praised IAM members and leaders who approved significant and divisive concessions to secure a pledge from Mercury to remain in Fond du Lac.
“I know how tense these negotiations were. I was working with Mercury executives, union leaders and local officials around the clock,” said Doyle. “In the end, Mercury decided to stay in Wisconsin – keeping thousands of jobs here and bringing hundreds of jobs from out of state. It shows what we can do – even in times like these – when we focus and work together toward a common goal.”
Doyle specifically acknowledged the work of IAM Headquarters GVP Rich Michalski, Local 1947 President Mark Zillges, Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel and Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper for brokering the terms that prevented Mercury’s exodus from Wisconsin.