Union Members Want Another Mercury Marine Vote

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Some union members are circulating petitions calling for another vote on a package of wage and benefit concessions that Mercury Marine says it needs to keep 850 manufacturing jobs from moving to Oklahoma.

Organizers say they have gathered more than 200 signatures because many union members believed there would be a second vote on the deal.

A spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers regional office in Chicago says there won't be a second vote unless the company makes substantial changes to the contract proposal. Mercury Marine says the package that's been voted down is the last and best offer. It remains valid until midnight Saturday.

The boat engine builder, which was founded in 1939, says it needs the concessions to remain competitive in a shrinking market.

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