Mercury, union will meet to clarify recent contract vote

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Mercury Marine announced Monday night that company officials will meet with union representatives to clarify the recent vote on the engine builder's contract proposal.

"In light of the uncertainty surrounding the voting by Mercury employees on the company's 'best and final' offer made earlier to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Mercury and the IAM Midwest Territory have agreed to meet to bring clarity to the communications regarding the unchanged 'best and final' proposal," Mercury said in a statement.

The statement came on the heels of voting that was cut short without explanation Monday afternoon, according to an article in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

"We were planning on presenting the outcome to Mercury hoping they would have a change of heart," union worker Fred Toth, Jr. told the newspaper. "The union resisted the second effort for a vote, not the company."

On Aug. 23, The union had rejected the company's contract proposal. Toth was one of three union workers who began circulating a petition last week calling for a second vote on the contract changes, the newspaper reports. However, the second vote was not completed in time for Mercury's deadline Saturday night.

On Monday afternoon, Toth blamed IAM Midwest union leadership for letting the entire local membership down, the newspaper says.

"The company allowed us out of work to begin circulating the petition. We got nothing but trouble from the union leadership who threatened to have us fired or walked out of the plant," Toth told the newspaper.

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