CHICOUTIMI, QC, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The union representing locked-out
locomotive workers in London, Ontario, Canada is bringing its call for
fairness directly to Caterpillar customers. At the Caterpillar
equipment centre in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Caterpillar customers are being
greeted this morning by information pickets, who are asking customers
to tell the company they want fairness for these locked-out workers.
The initiative is part of a co-ordinated picket at dealerships and
service centres in a dozen cities across the country.
The Chicoutimi picket will take place at: 1466 Bersimis Street,
Chicoutimi, starting at 8 a.m.
After demanding that wages and benefits be cut in half, Caterpillar
locked out nearly 500 workers on New Year's Day. The workers are
members of CAW Local 27.
"This is greedy, and frankly immoral, behaviour coming from a profitable
corporation," said Ken Lewenza, CAW National President. "At a time when
inequality is rapidly growing it's vital that we take a stand with this
company," he added.
The information pickets are also taking place this morning in: St.
John's, Newfoundland; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Montreal, Quebec;
Concord, Ontario; London, Ontario, Windsor, Ontario; St. Catharines,
Ontario; Sudbury, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Edmonton, Alberta;
Vancouver, British Columbia.
Caterpillar's demand to cut pay in half came despite record profits and
surging executive pay. Company CEO Doug Oberhelman's latest annual pay
packet was worth $10.5 million, twice what he received the year before.
The Canadian locomotive workers are highly productive and have delivered
top-level quality and solid profits throughout 60 years of operation.
"Company claims that the workforce is too expensive simply don't add
up," Lewenza notes. The highly-skilled welders and production
technicians in London, Ontario earn wages entirely in-line with those
at the industry-leading firm, General Electric, which builds
locomotives in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The CAW's campaign to support the locked-out workers is widening,
including the launch of radio ads this morning in several communities.
Read the leaflet to Caterpillar customers here: http://www.caw.ca/en/10885.htm
Find out more at: http://www.caw.ca/en/10835.htm
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
CAW National Representative Denis Lepage: 418-720-1323 or CAW Communications Angelo DiCaro (cell) 416-606-6311 or John McClyment (cell) 416-315-3202.