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"joe capra" Discussed on NPR's Business Story of the Day
"Support for this podcast and the following message come from j. crew factory home of colorful classic clothes and can't miss deals shop new arrivals for the whole family and get an extra fifteen percent off. Just mentioned NPR at checkout. Find your store at factory dot j. crew dot com. A few weeks into his presidency. Donald Trump, invited executives from Harley Davidson to meet with him at the White House. He wanted to highlight the company as a model for American based manufacturing. So thank you Davison for building things in America. I think you're going to even expand your businesses now doing very well. And there's a lot of spirit right now in the country that you weren't having so much in the last number of months that you have right now. But then earlier this year Harley Davidson announced it would be shutting down a plant in Kansas City, Missouri and on Monday the company said it plans to move some of its operations abroad Harley, Davidson blamed tariffs that the European Union slapped on motorcycles and other goods last week as part of growing trade. Tensions with the US. Then this morning on Twitter, President Trump repeated, his criticism of the company's move saying they were just using tariffs and trade war worries. As an excuse earlier, we spoke to Joe Capra. He's the union Representative for the workers in Harley Davidsons, Kansas City plant you forever meal. Of course, Mr. capper Harley Davidson had already announced earlier this year that it was closing the Kansas City plant and laying off eight hundred workers there. Now that's a plant you represent so so you're people were. Already facing some really bad news regardless. What do you think about yesterday's announcement from from Harley-Davidson that it's moving some operations to Europe? I wanna say yesterday's Harley Davidson announced was a slap in face for American workers all across the country. You're in. The great icon of Harley Davidson is doing these terrorists and moving overseas and continues or see. This is something that has was just an excuse in the machinists union. HS theory on what Harley Davidson has done because they have been going overseas for some time. They've been in India, they Denver sale. And then now they have a plant in Thailand. So Mr. capper what you're saying essentially is that when Harley Davidson pointed to tariffs by the EU and said, we've gotta move some operations over there because it will simply be cheaper. You're saying to you that seems like. Excuse because Harley Davidson has been moving operations out of the country for awhile now, is that right? I am. For much President Trump tweeted something along those lines. Last night, he said, taxes are just a Harley excuse, and he also said, surprised that Harley Davidson of all companies would be the first to wave the white flag. Is that what this feels like to you? Waving white flag. Not just waving the white flag, but I think that they had this plan for some time and this is they're using this as an excuse. Well, look Harley Davidsons his opening a plant in Europe and avoiding tariffs will save them from increasing the cost of motorcycles by over two thousand dollars a bike. Now they're going to be people who argue Harley, Davidson, easy business. They are in business to make money, and this is a smart economic move. What do you say to that? What is things that I have to say is, is that. People might think this is a smart economic move that how many more manufacturing plants are going to be moving over. We need to do something with the tariffs and we have to. We have to have sit down and we have to have discussions over the terror attacks on both sides. But we have companies that will take and we'll lose more jobs here in the United States that it's going to cause the economic crash that I would say. It will be coming before long Mr.. Capper very briefly in the couple of seconds we have left. What is likely to happen to the eight hundred men and women who are being laid off in Kansas City? Will they find jobs in manufacturing, they're, they've been devastated in a are looking for jobs here. Machine unions have had where we have Honeywell that we've tried to get jobs here in the Kansas City are also spirit. You do everything you can fell, and we're doing everything we can. Joe Capra is a union Representative for workers in Harley Davidsons, Kansas City plant, which is closing.
Harley-Davidson to make more motorcycles outside the US
"Biggest foreign market with almost forty thousand customers their last year darwin home strom has written several books on harley davidson i was just a sweden and actually saw quite a few harleys relatively speaking there's a core market wants to sort of have this american biker image the european tariffs would raise the cost of each motorcycle sold in europe by about twenty two hundred dollars today the company said it would try to avoid the tariffs by moving production overseas harley davidson has plants in wisconsin and pennsylvania and it already had plans to close a third factory in kansas city next year joe capra is with the international association of machinists and aerospace workers which represents the plants employees he's no fan of president trump's tariffs we've ended up with a trade war it's going to cause us to have less production over here and prices are gonna go skyrocket but he also notes that the company is already slowly moving production overseas to plants in india and brazil the quintessential american brand is becoming less american and the current trade tensions promised to accelerate the process jim zarroli npr news new york.