Mercury Marine Says It Will Meet With Union

Boat engine maker has agreed to meet with union leaders ‘to bring clarity to the communications’ regarding its unchanged best and final offer for wage and benefit concessions.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A day after a union leader said Mercury Marine was no longer interested in talking about a package of wage and benefit concessions, the company says it will meet with union leaders.

In a statement, Mercury Marine said the meeting with International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947, is to "bring clarity to the communications" regarding the unchanged best and final offer.

Company spokesman Steve Fleming said Tuesday the meeting is expected to take place in the next couple of days, but he did not know the exact agenda.

The union on Aug. 23 rejected a package of wage and benefit concessions the company called its best and last offer to keep 850 manufacturing jobs from moving to Stillwater, Okla. A second, last-minute vote on the deal took place after the deadline expired at midnight Saturday.

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