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Cat Seeking to Replace Striking Joliet Workers

Employees have until Sunday to approve the last contract offer or the company will start interviewing replacement workers, report says.

Caterpillar Inc. will start advertising Sunday for workers to replace striking employees at its plant, according to a story in the Peoria Journal Star.

The 780 workers from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have been on strike since May 1 after turning down two contract proposals.

The second offer included a $1,000 signing bonus that would remain open until Sunday, the Journal Star story said. If not ratified by then, the company stated its position will revert back to the terms of the "last, best and final offer" made April 27.

Caterpillar's world headquarters is located in Peoria.

Caterpillar has kept the Joliet facility open, using its own salaried workers to continue production at the plant.

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Bengalboy1991 June 09, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Yes! Cat is finally standing up to the Union thugs. The US is a free market economy. If a person is not happy with his pay; move to a better location. Signed, Non- management ordinary Cat Employee in Nashville
Mike Schauer June 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Striking Caterpillar machinists,are fighting for and taking a tand for all workers. They are asking for a fair and just contract. Caterpillar had almost a 2 billion dollar profit for the first quater of 2012. Thanks inpart to the very same people who are now walking the picket line. Lets see a six year contract with not even a cost of living adjustment, 3 times the hike in their healthcare coverage,and no pension time for the duration of the 6 year contract. If the CEO can get a 13 million dollar bonus certainly there must be some money to pay the workers who helped him to get that bonus. These are not Union Thugs,these are men and veterans who simply want to be treated fairly and with a decent contract. They deserve it they have earned it. Corporate America giants such as Caterpillar have have apparently forgotten,what the fairness means. The right to Collective Bargaining,is a right. Because of Unions and the right to collective bargain,men and women union or otherwise have benefitted from Organized Labor work laws. Holiday,and Vaction pay. the 40hr. work week. Decent healthcare benefits. Overtime pay for working over 40hrs. Anybody that thinks an employer would offer these benefits out of the goodness of his heart is either naive or stupid. The fact is that you enjoy these benefits because unions and union membership fought for these benefits. And as unions fade we will see all these benefits go by the wayside.
Allan August 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I think about what Mike said when I hear people say that Unions or not useful anymore. When Unions go so will workers rights. Unions paid a big price for what workers have today watch this movie about a battle in West Virginia for workers rights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ItotzLiYvU
John Roberts August 09, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Absolutely Correct. People forget what people went through that made people stand up for fair work rights...People need to get a job in china in some sweatshop working for 2 dollars a day then tell everyone it is ok to be doing that,while their employer makes millions..

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