Jim Wheiland

Jim Wheiland

Saw Operator at UMI / Universal Metrics, Inc.

Location:
P.O. Box 889, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States
HQ Phone:
(262) 252-4167

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President - Local

Power Train Tech-Machinist - Harley-Davidson , Inc.

Recent News  

Jon Hayden.com

"This was a hugely emotional issue for the membership," Jim Wheiland, president of the union, Local 2-209 of the United Steelworkers, said after the vote was announced at the group's headquarters.He said it was necessary to make sure production of motorcycle powertrains stays in the Milwaukee area.He said the vote change was accomplished through "dialogue" with the approximately 1,600 members of the local.The expansion will take place in the Harley plant in Menomonee Falls in about 360,000 square feet of space vacated last year by Briggs & Stratton Corp., Wheiland said.

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News From USW: Steelworkers Approve Agreement With Harley Davidson; Look Forward to Power Train Expansion in Milwaukee

[11/15/2006] MILWAUKEE--News From USW: United Steelworker (USW) members of Local 2-209 have voted by a 943 to 536 count to approve a memorandum of agreement to their labor agreement with Harley-Davidson that requires the company to invest more than $120 million to expand production of the company's power train capacity in Milwaukee, creating more than 100 new jobs and providing job security to the 1,600 union members already employed locally, according to local union president Jim Wheiland.> > MILWAUKEE--News From USW: United Steelworker (USW) members of Local 2-209 have voted by a 943 to 536 count to approve a memorandum of agreement to their labor agreement with Harley-Davidson that requires the company to invest more than $120 million to expand production of the company's power train capacity in Milwaukee, creating more than 100 new jobs and providing job security to the 1,600 union members already employed locally, according to local union president Jim Wheiland.The memorandum of understanding will allow the company to hire new employees at a lower wage rate."Now we can look forward to expanding here, rather than worry about a rival plant that would produce the same product with newer, state of the art equipment," Wheiland said."The health care plan will remain in effect until 2012," Wheiland said."In 2012, we can address every issue," Wheiland said.

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News From USW: Union Explains New Harley Davidson Contract Proposal with Membership

[11/08/2006] MILWAUKEE, Wis.--News From USW: Following the rejection of a tentative labor agreement on Oct. 16, 2006, between United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2-209 and Harley Davidson, the union is returning to its membership with a revised tentative agreement that is expected to add more than 100 new jobs and protect the existing 1,600 jobs coming under jurisdiction of the Local, according to Jim Wheiland, president of the Local.> > MILWAUKEE, Wis.--News From USW: Following the rejection of a tentative labor agreement on Oct. 16, 2006, between United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2-209 and Harley Davidson, the union is returning to its membership with a revised tentative agreement that is expected to add more than 100 new jobs and protect the existing 1,600 jobs coming under jurisdiction of the Local, according to Jim Wheiland, president of the Local."Our primary goal all along has been to convince the company to invest in Milwaukee and expand its production here, rather than build in another state," he said."The revised proposal represents an increased investment by the company in Milwaukee and answers a lot of our members' concerns about the previous offer."We appreciate the efforts of Gov.Jim Doyle and the state of Wisconsin, who have worked diligently with Harley Davidson and our union to pursue all available means to keep the jobs in Wisconsin," Wheiland said."We are among the highest skilled and best paid manufacturing workers in Wisconsin and we produce the best motorcycle in the world," he said.

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