FOND DU LAC - The chief negotiator for Mercury Marine's local workers union(International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,Local 1947), Dan Longsine, told FOX 11 he handed in his resignationMonday.
Longsine said he resigned because of a poor working relationshipwith IAMAW District 10 Business Representative, Russell Krings.
Longsine says Krings spread rumors that Longsine called unionmembers at home and asked them to vote 'yes' to proposed contractchanges by the company.
Longsine says there is no truth to the accusations and he iswilling to show his phone records.
Longsine says his decision had nothing to do with thenegotiating process with the company. He said it is disappointingwhen people on the same team work against one another.
FOX 11's repeated attempts to reach Krings for comment wereunsuccessful.
Longsine and Krings had both been a part of the negotiating teamin talks with Mercury Marine. The company wants to make more than100 changes to the current contract which runs through 2012,including wage and benefits concessions. If the changes are notratified by the union, the company says as many as 850manufacturing jobs will be moved to a non-union plant inStillwater, Oklahoma.
A third union vote on the changes is scheduled to start Thursdaymorning. The union says members can vote from 6 a.m. to 6p.m. either Thursday or Friday at the IAMAW hall in Fond duLac.
Union offcials say the ballots will be brought by police escortto the Fond du Lac Police Department. They will be kept thereThursday night.
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