Talks continue between Thor Industries Inc. and the employees’ union representing around 120 workers at the 28-year-old Thor America plant in Middleburg, Pa., according to a report in the Daily Item.
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.
Although the paper reported workers are frustrated by a “lack of information,” Doug Dean, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Middleburg chapter, said he still has hope that negotiations can save the plant from closure.
“There are a lot of concerns on our side,” Dean said. “At this point, we have mixed readings. But, I still think there’s hope.”
The next round of negotiations is scheduled for today (March 17) and Friday.
According to the Daily Item, management has proposed the employees accept a cut in hourly pay from $13.40 to $9, with incentive pay if they reach production quotas.
Thor Industries contends production and sales are down at the plant, which produces travel trailers and fifth-wheels under the Chateau, Citation and Corsair brand names, and points to a high absenteeism rate.
Workers say management is distorting absenteeism numbers and claim a lack of materials and change orders has hindered production levels.