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Union Workers Strike At Illinois Caterpillar Plant (Joliet, Il)
AP ^ | Tue, 05/01/2012 - 9:46am

Posted on 05/07/2012 12:24:07 PM PDT by robowombat

Edited on 05/07/2012 1:00:52 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) About 800 union workers who rejected Caterpillar Inc.'s latest contract offer walked off the job Tuesday at a plant in Joliet.

Workers with picket signs lined up outside the plant early Tuesday, just hours after their contract expired. The employees, part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, are asking for better wages and health care. They voted Sunday to reject the Peoria-based company's latest contract offer.


(Excerpt) Read more at manufacturing.net ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: caterpillar; joliet; manufacturing; strike; unions
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1 posted on 05/07/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

Rough road but the way to kick the Union in the ass is to close the plant indefinitely. It would be a hardship but arm guards should be posted with order that any destructive Union members will be shot.


2 posted on 05/07/2012 12:28:44 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: robowombat

Gee, probably hard find 800 replacement workers....

What percentage of hourly wage goes to Union Dues?

How many weeks will they have to strike, before company reaches break-even to meet the union price?

Union thugs are the only winners in these battles.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 12:30:01 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: Logical me

Move the jobs South to a Right to Work state.


4 posted on 05/07/2012 12:30:11 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Logical me

Don’t close the plant. Hire and Train scab workers and do away with the Union completely.

The Union states that Caterpillar has made record profits, and for some reason they think that means they should get higher salaries and more benefits. In a time when thousands of people are out of work, the Union will get no sympathy from me for trying to extort the company they work for.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 12:34:07 PM PDT by Venturer
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everytime i see articles about unions going on strike, i would really like to see a basic listing of the average pay and benefits they receive, so the average joe sixpack can see what they are arguing for more of...

this story is the same old same old...how much do they get now in compensation and what more do they want?


6 posted on 05/07/2012 12:34:53 PM PDT by raygunfan
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To: Logical me

Cat should close this plant and move out of state ; South Carolina or Alabama perhaps.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 12:34:53 PM PDT by freedom1st
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To: G Larry

So....if production is not being affected, then why does the company need 800 union employees at all?


8 posted on 05/07/2012 12:36:07 PM PDT by LFOD (Formerly - Iraq, Afgahnistan - back home in Dixie.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

Didn’t Caterpillar already announce plans to move this plant to Indiana?


9 posted on 05/07/2012 12:42:18 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: robowombat

“We ain’t workin’ and you can’t make us!” - Joe Unioncard


10 posted on 05/07/2012 12:42:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: robowombat

As Democrats and their Union henchmen tighten the noose we can see the entire State of Illinois slowly pass out as they are being strangled to death. Illinois is now circling thedrain.


11 posted on 05/07/2012 12:46:09 PM PDT by Obadiah (Resist we much!)
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To: LFOD

I bet Catepillar is sloughing off the layers of dead skin bit by bit and showing the union employees that they really are replaceable if they were even needed in the first place. If this strike is anything like the steel union strikes in central OH (many years ago), the strikers will never return to work, the quality and quantity of production will increase without the union, the union will say how the company can’t survive without their greatness, and 20 years later the union workers are still out of a job because they swallowed the union cult kool-aid.
My fingers are crossed that Catepillar is busting the union and hopefully have the upper hand.


12 posted on 05/07/2012 12:50:31 PM PDT by ebersole
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To: robowombat

Eight hundred more out of the work force - unemployment rate to plummet!


13 posted on 05/07/2012 12:51:36 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: robowombat

That’s very French of the union...

And will have the same result...


14 posted on 05/07/2012 12:56:27 PM PDT by DB
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15 posted on 05/07/2012 1:04:18 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: raygunfan

The ‘union’ would be foolish to sigh a 6 year deal with no pay increases. Caterpillar forced a ‘NO’ vote.


16 posted on 05/07/2012 1:07:38 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Earlier this year, Caterpillar-owned Electro-Motive workers in London, Ontario refused a new contract slashing wages and benefits. After locking out the workers for three weeks, Caterpillar announced it was closing the plant and moving operations to Muncie, Indiana, where it would pay $12.50 an hour compared to $28 an hour in Canada. The Canadian Auto Workers, rather than seeking to unite Canadian and American workers in a common struggle, accepted the closure of the plant.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 1:10:12 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: robowombat
About 800 union workers who rejected Caterpillar Inc.'s latest contract offer walked off the job Tuesday at a plant in Joliet.


18 posted on 05/07/2012 1:10:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: robowombat
About 800 union workers who rejected Caterpillar Inc.'s latest contract offer walked off the job Tuesday at a plant in Joliet.

Best thing would be for them to just go away permanently and let Caterpillar hire folks who actually want to work.

19 posted on 05/07/2012 1:12:27 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: raygunfan

You take a deep breath and accept whatever happens,” said Mr. Bailey, a 19-year-veteran who earns about $25 an hour for assembly and testing work. Many workers hired since May 2005 earn closer to $13 an hour.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303630404577388131822580486.html


20 posted on 05/07/2012 1:14:01 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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