Caterpillar Food Drive a Big Success

Joliet and surrounding communities reach out to help Caterpillar workers on strike.

Timothy O’Brien, President of Local Lodge 851 of the International Association of Machinists, had to make two trips with his full size pickup truck to transport all the food collected at Saturday’s food drive for Caterpillar workers.

Normally he makes a couple of trips to the grocery store a week spending around $5,000 to stock his food pantry; this week he won’t have to make any trips.

Of the people who stopped several remain in memory. The two men who work as temps in Will County ware houses making minimum wages donating two bags of groceries; the woman who stopped to inquire what the food drive was all about, leaving and then coming back with bags of groceries; the farmer who donated groceries and then came back with a side of beef for the food pantry’s freezer and the elected Republican official from Will County who stopped to make a donation, which perhaps shows that some issues transcend ideological boundaries when they touch the core values of our Christian-Judeo heritage.

To all the considerate and generous people in and around Joliet who took time to drop off food or make cash donations and to the Universalist Unitarian Church for the generous use of their parking lot, a huge ‘Thank you’.

Food for the Caterpillar workers can still be donated at:

Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Teamsters Local 710, 9000 W. 187th St. Mokena, IL. 60448.

Cash donations may be sent to IAM Lodge 851, 23157 S. Thomas Dillion Dr. Suite B,

Channahon, IL 60410. Food donations may also be dropped off at this address.


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JD August 22, 2012 at 05:04 AM
My expectations have changed to meet the market. I don't always believe in efficient free markets (i.e. health care) but I do believe that it is clear what your worth in the labor market. If you are worth more, you should be able to go get it. I also think the suits are part of the same labor market and supply and demand dictates their salaries. That said, the SEC has taken steps in recent years to give retail investors a "say on pay vote." (investors have a vehicle to give their opinion on the executive comp package) The SEC did this because there was some abuse. For the most part, the investors have given a thumbs up to the executive comp. You can look at the results of CAT's vote to get an indication of what your investors thought of your CEO's bonus.
Chronicles of Bob August 22, 2012 at 01:13 PM
So a company that makes more profit now than it did say 1-2-5 years ago fires you, takes away your benefits, or lowers your salary is ok with you because you are adjusting to the market? I am not advocating you strike or quit. I FULLY understand that we do what we have to to survive and feed our family. Again, it's amusing who people attack and who they defend. Teachers are professionals with advanced degrees. If they are good at what they do, as most are, they deserve competitive salaries just as any profession. If you are like Bob, that feels Doctors or Lawyers add more to society than teachers, then that is your opinion... I personally feel it's flawed, but more power to you... "Some abuse." Yes, just some.. (End sarcasim)
tmarc75 August 22, 2012 at 02:04 PM
unions still suck!
Chronicles of Bob August 22, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Tmarc, ( insert what ever school you went to, job you work at, favorite sports team, favorite food, your type of pet and your type of car.) Now plaease add "sucks" at the end.
Rev August 28, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Will the union pay to restore the grass that has been ruined on public property, or will the taxpayers be on the hook for that as well?


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