Harley-Davidson cutting 100+ jobs at York plant

More than 100 unionized workers at a York County Harley-Davidson plant will be out of a job come October.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company is planning to cut 200 positions nationwide with the bulk of those layoffs happening at the Springettsbury Township plant.

The layoffs, set to begin around Oct. 10, will impact 117 positions at the Springettsbury Township plant and follow the motorcycle maker’s announcement that it expects to ship 5,000 fewer motorcycles to dealers, according to the York Daily Record.

The second quarter announcement was the second time the number of motorcycles had been trimmed from an initial estimation of 274,000, the newspaper said.

Some of the position cuts involve already vacant jobs, according to the York Daily Record, which also said a buyout option is available to the workers.

Brian Zarilla, president of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 175] said Harley has offered the plant’s Tier 1 production employees — those hired before Feb. 2, 2010 — a $15,000 buyout if they agree to leave the company. That could further reduce the number of people who would be laid off. However, Zarilla doesn’t think the offer will be popular among workers. He expects no more than 10 employees to accept it.

The Local 175 president told the York Daily Record the plant now employs about 950 union members, down from 2,000 in 2009.