Navistar Not A Fan Of Union Engineers?

By Scott Sarvay

August 20, 2010 Updated Aug 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It was announced Tuesday that Navistar officials intend to phase out local operations over the next two-to-three years, threatening at least 1,100 jobs. Which leaves some asking why?

High-paid engineers with Navistar in Fort Wayne are unionized and an IPFW Labor Studies Professor is convinced that isn't helping Fort Wayne's cause.

IPFW Labor Studies Associate Prof. Mark Crouch says, “I have some degree of understanding about the people at the top of the corporation don't believe engineers should be represented by unions."

Crouch believes Navistar officials may be using the talk of leaving Fort Wayne as leverage in upcoming contract negotiations with the union.

Most likely any new companies brought to the community, would help offset the pain we expect to feel from the pending departure of a Navistar Engineering and Technology Center.

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