Skip to comments.Union Workers Strike At Illinois Caterpillar Plant (Joliet, Il)
Posted on 05/07/2012 12:24:07 PM PDT by robowombatEdited 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.
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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.
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.
Move the jobs South to a Right to Work state.
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.
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?
Cat should close this plant and move out of state ; South Carolina or Alabama perhaps.
So....if production is not being affected, then why does the company need 800 union employees at all?
Didn’t Caterpillar already announce plans to move this plant to Indiana?
“We ain’t workin’ and you can’t make us!” - Joe Unioncard
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.
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.
Eight hundred more out of the work force - unemployment rate to plummet!
That’s very French of the union...
And will have the same result...
The union would be foolish to sigh a 6 year deal with no pay increases. Caterpillar forced a NO vote.
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.
Best thing would be for them to just go away permanently and let Caterpillar hire folks who actually want to work.
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.