Voluntary layoffs.... means you have to ask to be laid off. They probably get a severance package, kind of like a buy-out. If HD can't shed enough employees through the voluntary thing they will start laying people off in earnest. Sucks to be the guy at the bottom of the pole.
But... when you sell fewer bikes, you make fewer bikes, and need less people. I wish HD (all manufacturers for that matter) would try bringing some of the jobs lost to China back to keep these people busy.
2013 Cross Country Tour: Custom paint, stage 1 exhaust, Lloydz Hi-Flow air filter, cams (HOH-VM1-DR), timing gear (HOH-PTS), Power Commander V, Auto Tune module, Gustafson flip shield, OEM passenger backrest with Cycle Ops luggage rack, Vic HID, heel shifter, Rockford amp, Infinity speakers all around.
2011 Cross Country: Burnt and Traded