Talks continue between Mercury and union

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Mercury Marine and the union that represents Mercury's hourly employees continue meeting today in attempts to come to an agreement that would keep the company in Fond du Lac, Wis.

The union has said Mercury Marine is proposing more than 170 employee contract changes, looking to restructure union wages, benefits, and work schedules just one year after the union agreed to a new four-year contract, according to a report on WBAY's Web site.

Union head Russell Krings said the company was throwing a lot of roadblocks on the table, the television station reports.

In response to claims that Mercury is slowing progress of the talks by not offering a guarantee that Mercury will remain in Fond du Lac, company officials said, "To the contrary, we have offered a long-term agreement and associated assurance that Mercury would remain in Fond du Lac for the duration of that agreement."

Both sides still hope to finish negotiations by Monday.

Mercury is attempting to decrease underutilization of its facilities, and consolidation of its operations in Fond du Lac or Stillwater, Okla., is one possibility.

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