Job cuts at Harley-Davidson Inc. will “impact” 26 regular union positions at its Kansas City plant, part of about 200 cuts across the company, company officials said Friday.
The local cuts also will affect three casual union Kansas City jobs, which are pay-only, no-benefits positions filled as needed for various shifts, said Maripat Blankenheim of Harley-Davidson. The Kansas City operation also will lose four contingent non-union positions, essentially contractor jobs.
Blankenheim declined to say that the regular union positions would be eliminated, adding that perhaps they could come back. She also did not know immediately whether all of the positions impacted were filled currently.
The Kansas City plant has 539 employees represented by unions and 157 nonunion employees.
The payroll reductions come in the face of slower sales. Union sources had said most of the cuts would come at the assembly plant in York Pa.
Harley-Davidson had offered early retirement incentives to salaried employees at its Kansas City operations last fall as part of a cutback of 250 such jobs throughout the company. Those cuts similarly had been triggered by slower sales.