A labor union for Harley-Davidson met with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMaxine Waters: Impeachment ‘only option’ for Trump’s Iran deal decisionSanity prevails in primary electionsTeam Pelosi defectors are coming to WashingtonMORE (D-Calif.) this week to criticize the motorcycle-maker after the company announced plans to build a plant in Thailand while closing a factory in Missouri.
“These companies are taking tax breaks with one hand and handing out pink slips with the other,” International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Bob Martinez Jr. told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday. “I’m going to call it like I see it … this is a corporate ambush on working people.”
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Despite pleas from lawmakers to keep the Kansas City factory open, Harley has decided to close it, a move that will result in the job losses of about 800 workers.
The manufacturer announced it would be creating 400 additional jobs by building a factory in York, Penn., which is just over 1,000 miles from its Kansas City factory location.
The union claims part of the jobs are going to Thailand, as well as some equipment from Kansas City.
The company has denied any connection between Kansas City and Thailand.
“The plant under construction in Thailand is a separate and unrelated issue. Part of our long-term strategy is to grow our international business to 50 percent of our annual volume by 2027. The Thailand facility will allow us to be competitive and provide riders greater access to our brand and our products in an expanding global marketplace,” the company said in a statement obtained by the Journal Sentinel.
President Trump was scheduled to visit a Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee back in January 2017, but Harley scrapped the meeting due to the likelihood of protests.