Negotiations aimed at keeping the Thor America plant in Middleburg, Pa., open are continuing between parent Thor Industries Inc. and the local union representing about 120 employees, according to a report in The Daily Item.
“Small, but positive movement” has been made in contract-related discussions held earlier this week, said Doug Dean, president of the Middleburg chapter of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace.
Dean said he met with union members Thursday (March 3) to bring the workers up to speed about the negotiations.
Officials for Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries are threatening to close the plant by April 15 unless the two sides can reach an agreement.
According to Dean Bruick, corporate director of personnel for the parent company, performance at the plant has been sub-par, citing high absenteeism and declining sales. Thor America produces travel trailers and fifth-wheels under the Chateau, Citation and Corsair brand names.
The local paper reported that one of the proposals from management is reducing the hourly wage from $13.40 to $9, with production incentives. If workers produce more than the quota set by the company, they will make more than the base rate of $9 an hour.
Wages and health insurance are expected to be the topics of discussion between the union and management at meetings next Thursday and Friday.