Mercury Marine is a pretty familiar name to anyone with an interest in boating. They have had their headquarters and a lot of their manufacturing operations in Fond du Lac, WI for many, many years. But, this will soon come to an end as their union rejected a contract with, to be fair, some pretty serious concessions. The management side has said throughout the process that they needed these concessions to remain competitive while maintaining operations in Fond du Lac. Now that the contract has been rejected, Mercury Marine seems intent on consolidating their operations in Stillwater, OK (a non-union shop).
This is part of the problem with unions. Unions once served a purpose, but now are a parasitic block between employee and employer, with little purpose other than perpetuating itself. In this instance, union solidarity is going to cost a decent-sized city (Fondy has 41,000 people) one of its largest employers. Bloated labor costs, largely due to unions, are the cause of a lot of the problems that have been plaguing automakers (not all, but a lot).
What unions need to remember is that the largest cost in any business is labor. If unions continually increase the cost of labor artificially, this starts to impact the bottom line. Companies have to increase the cost of their products, which....well, I don't think it is necessary to explain the laws of supply and demand. So, when less product is moved, something has to give. Unfortunately for Fond du Lac, they are what's going to give.
Sorry Fond du Lac, but the parasites won.