Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:46 AM
DainBramaged (39,190 posts)
At Caterpillar, Pressing Labor While Business Booms
When it comes to dealing with labor unions, Caterpillar has long taken a stance as tough as the bulldozers and backhoes that have burnished its global reputation. Be it two-tier wage scales or higher worker contributions for health insurance, the company has been a leader in devising new ways to cut labor costs, with other manufacturers often imitating its strategies.
Now, in what has become a test case in American labor relations, Caterpillar is trying to pioneer new territory, seeking steep concessions from its workers even when business is booming.
Despite earning a record $4.9 billion profit last year and projecting even better results for 2012, the company is insisting on a six-year wage freeze and a pension freeze for most of the 780 production workers at its factory here. Caterpillar says it needs to keep its labor costs down to ensure its future competitiveness.
The company’s stance has angered the workers, who went on strike 12 weeks ago. “Considering the offer they gave us, it’s a strike we had to have,” said Albert Williams, a 19-year Caterpillar employee, as he picketed in 99-degree heat outside the plant, which makes hydraulic parts and systems essential for much of the company’s earth-moving machinery.
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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:01 PM
Joe Shlabotnik (4,668 posts)
3. If I were still in the landscape construction business,
I would likely be buying another backhoe about now. 'This' (after they they just pulled the same shit in London Ontario) would be enough for me to say "Nope, not even gonna consider a Cat". They should be dead to many potential consumers. I wish someone in government procurement had the authority and balls to tell them that they won't support their anti-worker policies. I'm sure that the government is their biggest customer.