Fond du Lac Police Monitoring Mercury Marine Union Vote

Fond du Lac police are keeping a presence at Machinists Lodge 1947 during union voting on proposed contract changes from Mercury Marine. Fortunately the divisive issue hasn’t sparked any physical confrontations, but police have been there only to make sure union members aren’t interrupted or harassed as they vote on a contract that has major financial implications for the city’s future. Around 5 p.m. yesterday afternoon Russell Krings the District 10 representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers emerged from the union hall to give a brief statement to the press. Krings said the voting was going well and that they were pleased with the turnout. Some union members speculated that more than 600 of the 838 active members of the union had voted yesterday. A few minutes after 6 p.m. two union officials climbed into a pickup truck and drove the sealed ballot box over to the police station for safekeeping overnight. They had a police escort. Voting continues until 6 p.m. tonight.