Mercury Marine Union Still Fighting To Keep Wisc. Jobs

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Leaders of the union representing workers at Mercury Marine say they have no new ideas for reviving talks to keep 850 manufacturing jobs in Fond du Lac from moving to Oklahoma.

Dan Longsine of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947, said Monday the company is no longer interested in talking.

Russell Krings of the union's district office says the company told the union the deadline for talking has passed and the jobs making boat engines will be shifted to a plant in Stillwater, Okla., within the next three years.

The union rejected a package of wage and benefit concessions the company called its best and last offer Aug. 23. A second, last-minute vote on the deal took place after the deadline expired at midnight Saturday.

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