Harley-Davidson to Lay-off 180 Manufacturing Employees

Harley-Davidson is looking to expand its customer base in Asia, with demand for foreign bike brands growing quickly in China, while the Thai plant will reduce export costs

Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle company, will soon lay-off more than 180 in the manufacturing unit.

A total of 183 will be laid off over the next few weeks at plants primarily in Kansas City and Menomonee Falls, according to FOX 4 KC.

Labor leaders, like Ross Winklebauer of the United Steelworkers Union, told the media that the employees were not expecting the lay-offs to hit their plants.

“It’s not looking too good at this point,” Winklbauer said. “We did not see this coming.”

At Harley-Davidson’s Kansas City plant, which is nearly 400,000 square feet, motorcycles are manufactured and produced by hundreds.

The lay-offs come years after Harley-Davidson decided to contract the outsourcing firm Infosys, which is responsible for the displacement of hundreds of thousands of American workers who have had their jobs sent overseas.

As outsourcing expert Patrick Thibodeau reported at the time, Harley-Davidson uses the H-1B visa to outsource American jobs to foreign nationals, while also outsourcing their IT department.

At the time Harley-Davidson contracted Infosys to outsource their IT department to India, roughly 125 Americans lost their jobs to foreign nationals.

Between 1997 and 2014, since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which lifted tariffs put in place to protect U.S. goods and jobs, more than five million American manufacturing workers have lost their jobs, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

If President Donald Trump had not immediately stopped the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement when he took office, economists estimated that not only would the elimination of millions of American jobs have occurred, but U.S. wages would have been further depleted.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


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