Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rally Set to Support Striking Caterpillar Workers in Joliet

According to the Fox Valley Labor News Facebook page, there are two rallies planned to support striking machinists at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet.  The first rally is set for this Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. outside the Caterpillar plant on Route 6.

The second is for the same day--Saturday the 14th--starting at 7 p.m..  Info from the Fox Valley Labor News Facebook page:
"Workers Unite!! The time is now for us to stand up and fight back against corporate greed. The annual compensation of Caterpillar Inc.’s chairman and chief executive rose 60 percent in 2011, as the company posted record revenue of $60.1 billion. Now they seek to freeze the pay, and cut the benefits of the very men and women that make their products.
Join us Saturday July 14th at 7:00p.m. and begin the night with a SOLIDARITY bicycle ride to spread the word that workers are coming together and fighting back. The ride will depart from the picket line and return to it at around 9:30p.m. At 10:00p.m. get out your instruments and let's enjoy a little Labor song and dance. This night is a chance to unite as never before and forge bonds of solidarity that can never be broken. An evening for families, friends, and neighbors; let's make it happen and tag YOU'RE IT!!!
Stand Up, Fight Back!!!
Bicycle ride is optional, your smile and solidarity are REQUIRED!!"


The machinists at the Joliet Caterpillar plant have been on strike for 10 weeks. In early June, the machinists union at Joliet voted down Caterpillar's latest offer which expired at midnight June 10, 2012. 
Caterpillar's offer was not largely changed from its original offer.

Caterpillar has advertised for temporary replacement workers for its Joliet location: