Harley-Davidson Inc. will fall short of its previous motorcycle shipment estimates for the first quarter of 2007, according to company statements.

The company said it will not meet estimates of 82,000-4,000 units for the first quarter, due in part to the ongoing strike at the Harley plant in Springettsbury Township, York County.

Harley-Davidson plans to halt insurance coverage of striking union workers on Monday, company spokesman Bob Klein said.

Harley-Davidson informed the union that health- and life-insurance coverage would end Monday, and that workers would be eligible to purchase the plans through COBRA.

Two days of meetings between union representatives, Harley officials and federal mediators ended Feb. 7 with no resolution and no further meetings planned, said Tom Boger, a business representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

“It went terrible,” Boger said of the day.

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