Mercury Marine Union May Seek 2nd Vote

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- The union at Mercury Marine that rejected some wage and benefit concessions is researching whether a second vote is possible.

Dan Longsine is the lead negotiator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947. He said Wednesday he was unsure whether a second vote could be called without any changes in the deal.

But he says the boat engine maker has offered to provide some written clarifications regarding some of wording in the contract.

Longsine says more than 70 percent of those voting Sunday rejected concessions that Mercury Marine says it needs or many of the 850 manufacturing jobs will be moved to a nonunion plant in Stillwater, Okla.

Longsine says he knows some members are having second thoughts and many expected a second vote.

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