Okla. Mercury Marine Workers Could Lose Jobs

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A Mercury Marine spokesman says some jobs at its Stillwater, Okla., plant will be eliminated if the labor union at its Fond du Lac plant approves a package of wage and benefit concessions.

Steve Fleming said Wednesday that some work from Oklahoma, but not all of it, will be shifted to Fond du Lac if union members voting Thursday and Friday approve the concessions. He had no other details.

Fleming says the Stillwater plant has 380 jobs making boat engines and the two plants have some common functions. He says there are no plans at this point to close the Stillwater plant.

The Fond du Lac union on Aug. 23 rejected the package of concessions the company called its best and last offer to keep 850 manufacturing jobs from moving to Stillwater. But, both Mercury Marine and its union said Tuesday workers in Fond du Lac would again vote on a package of wage and benefit concessions this week.

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