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Caterpillar permanently cuts 460 jobs at Illinois plant
The Business Journal ^ | Apr 5, 2013 | Jeff Engel

Posted on 04/05/2013 2:57:28 PM PDT by mdittmar

The gloomy headlines for Caterpillar Inc. continue.

The Peoria, Ill.-based equipment manufacturer (NYSE: CAT) said Friday it’s laying off 460 workers at its plant in Decatur, Ill., or 11 percent of the work force there, according to various media reports.

The announcement comes a week after Caterpillar said it would temporarily cut up to 300 production jobs in South Milwaukee, or about 40 percent of the unionized work force there.

But the Decatur cuts are permanent, Reuters reported.

The company has cited a need to “bring production in line with demand” in both decisions.

The series of actions include “some short-term temporary layoffs and other actions” that impact both production and support and management employees at various locations, Caterpillar has said.

At the same time, Caterpillar has begun contract negotiations with local representatives of the United Steelworkers union, which represents about 800 workers in South Milwaukee. The current contract expires at the end of April.

There was some tension before negotiations even started. Read more here.

Caterpillar has its global mining equipment unit based in Oak Creek.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: caterpillar; layoffs; manufacturing; obamamidastouch; unions

1 posted on 04/05/2013 2:57:28 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Everything he touches.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/02/obama_at_caterpillar_plant_in.html


2 posted on 04/05/2013 3:01:02 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: mdittmar

Wow. looks like that Obama recovery is kicking into high gear..


3 posted on 04/05/2013 3:01:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: mdittmar

Wisconsin has crappy union laws but it is improving as a business climate, over Illinois. Wish Walker would get off his ass and push for a right to work agenda. Kind of feel he’s a scared, limp dick after only partially doing something against the public unions.


4 posted on 04/05/2013 3:02:09 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Cut Walker some slack after all that garbage he withstood from leftist unionist hacks and he prevailed in deeply divided WI.


5 posted on 04/05/2013 3:08:12 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: mdittmar

Obamanomics works.

For communist haters of America that is.

Time to empty out the White Hut.

It’s fumigation time!


6 posted on 04/05/2013 3:08:32 PM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: mdittmar
Good thing ILLINOIS is in such good fiscal shape and don't need all those tax receipts brought in by all those high payin jobs r nuthin....Don't listen to them naysayers.... them bond houses don't know diddle'....we're healthy as a horse or a frog or somthin', by golly....


7 posted on 04/05/2013 3:10:46 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: jimsin

:-) ThX!

Signs of Solyndra? Fisker Lays Off 75 Percent of Employees
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3004631/posts


8 posted on 04/05/2013 3:15:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: jimsin
When I was scrappin' in a big truck, I went to many an old factory where I'd see TONS of machinery that, if you'd just use a little of your imagination, you could see and hear thunderin' noisy, smokey, belchy MONSTROCITIES traveling to and fro in those old steel mills and coal yards.

Men worked in America once (once't .. in WV) and yard whistles called out shift changes.

The roads'd be filled with one car space in between each other, whizzin' along at 65 or 70 (in the days of double nickles)

I almost used't LOVE to drive in the opposite direction an' get to rythmickin' with the sound of the cars 'whishin' by of the workers goin' home.

Once't .... in America.

9 posted on 04/05/2013 3:18:45 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Caterpillar has had BAD union relations since before I was born. One strike in the late 70’s in particular put 1/10 of the entire taxable real estate of of Peoria in technical foreclosure.


10 posted on 04/05/2013 3:31:57 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Secret Agent Man
Kind of feel he’s a scared, limp dick after only partially doing something against the public unions.

That's ridiculously harsh considering what he has accomplished.

11 posted on 04/05/2013 4:10:49 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The economy is not a pie, but a bakery.)
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To: BfloGuy

Nobody can meet the high standards of some FReepers.

They trashed Mitch Daniels and he brought us RTW, a budget surplus, and Republican supermajorities in the Indiana House and Senate.


12 posted on 04/05/2013 4:12:26 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: mdittmar

http://blogs.wsj.com/canadarealtime/2013/04/05/big-surprise-drop-in-canadian-jobs-sends-unemployment-up-to-7-2/

April 5, 2013, 8:43 AM .Big, Surprise Drop in Canadian Jobs Sends Unemployment Up to 7.2%


13 posted on 04/05/2013 4:17:17 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: BfloGuy

they haven’t pushed for anythng serious since then. they are scared to take on anything else major while they can. he’s too busy mulling 2016. unfortunately.

tort reform/frivolous lawsuits would be an excellent thing to tackle. right towork, another one. there’s not even a peep from anyone regarding the white guilt classes in the uw-system now. they could do something to reform the corrupt elections board. they could revise the law that lets people file state level lkawsuits outside of dane county courts. they could ensure if democrats ever flee the state again to prevent a quorum, those present will automatically constitute a quorum.

they could finally figure out a coherent legal strategy to the democrats who bring lawsuits for every law they pass.

plenty of things to do. not doing any of it. i would prefer he doesn’t take the second half of his term to mutely run out the clock.


14 posted on 04/05/2013 4:22:33 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: tflabo

i live here, i have cut him slack. now his agenda is nothing. i would like to see him go balls out but it’s his decision to phone thge last two yearsin, and i am callkig it like i see it. he is going to sit and waste his opportunity, and no oither republcn senator or rep has any strong plas to do any serious reform anywhere. what’s the point. pissing away your power for real, lasting change.


15 posted on 04/05/2013 4:29:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

you overlook reality when you wear blinders that permit only tunnel vision.

Remember...... politics is the art of the possible.


16 posted on 04/05/2013 4:38:23 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

i don’t have blinders on. an agenda of nothing isn’t what we need the next two years.


17 posted on 04/05/2013 4:44:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: knarf

Poetry.


18 posted on 04/05/2013 6:04:22 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Secret Agent Man

typing on a smartphone/tablet?


19 posted on 04/05/2013 6:10:00 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: mdittmar

Caterpillar needs to move out of IL. Ditto for United Airlines, Boeing Corporate, State Farm Insurance, and Sears Holdings.


20 posted on 04/05/2013 6:23:31 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: JudyinCanada

Thank you .. I didn’t expect that.


21 posted on 04/05/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: mdittmar
For me as someone who lives in PA just a few miles from the Caterpillar plant that unions maned picket lines against the firm even when it had already left the state. It took dozens of high paying jobs away and helped to destroy the economy of the region.

Sort of goes against bHo and his love for the working man (union member in bHo language). Unions will, in histories scope be seen as a straw that helped break the camels back in the downfall of our country.

Perfect example of a good thing (right) gone too far.
22 posted on 04/05/2013 6:51:54 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

yeah, tablet.


23 posted on 04/05/2013 8:05:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Winstons Julia

Documentation File on the negative impact of the Obamanation Counterculture on America.


24 posted on 04/05/2013 8:23:54 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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