The Struggle at Caterpillar

Caterpillar, Butterball to close factories in Montgomery, Illinois, laying off 1,400 workers

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 24 May 2017

The dual factory closures in the far western suburbs of Chicago take place in an area already hard hit by decades of deindustrialization.

Caterpillar workers react with anger, suspicion to UAW contract ratification

By Marcus Day, 29 March 2017

While the UAW has claimed that a new six-year contract with Caterpillar was approved by workers at ratification meetings Sunday, it has yet to release company-wide vote totals.

After unexplained delay, UAW claims ratification of Caterpillar deal

By Jerry White, 28 March 2017

Caterpillar workers expressed suspicion that the UAW had rigged the vote to push the deeply unpopular contract past the opposition of rank-and-file workers.

UAW delays release of vote tally after Caterpillar workers oppose sellout deal

By Marcus Day, 27 March 2017

After announcing they would release the results of the vote Sunday night, UAW executives abruptly declared the tally would not be made public until sometime Monday.

“The way I look at it is, the UAW is Caterpillar”

Caterpillar workers in Peoria, Illinois denounce UAW sellout deal

By our reporters, 27 March 2017

Caterpillar workers voting in central Illinois Sunday spoke with the WSWS about the years of reversals they have suffered due to the treachery of the United Auto Workers union.

Elect rank-and-file committees to oppose job cuts and end givebacks!

Vote “No” on the UAW-Caterpillar sellout agreement

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 25 March 2017

The UAW pro-company contract sanctions the closure of the Aurora, Illinois plant and continues decades of wage and benefit concessions

“Don’t believe what they’re going to tell you”

As Caterpillar-UAW contract vote nears, Deere workers warn of union betrayal

By Marcus Day and George Gallanis, 22 March 2017

With just four days left before voting, workers at agricultural equipment giant Deere & Co. spoke on the lessons of their 2015 contract struggle.

“I think it’s a set-up with the union and Caterpillar”

Caterpillar-UAW deal: Workers denounce information blackout

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 21 March 2017

Less than a week before they are set to vote on a six-year contract proposal, workers have still not received any details on the content of the deal.

UAW orders thousands of Caterpillar workers to stay on the job as contract expires

By Marcus Day, 2 March 2017

The UAW and Caterpillar have maintained a media blackout in the current negotiations as they prepare to demand further concessions from workers.

Caterpillar workers in US overwhelmingly authorize strike

By Marcus Day, 9 February 2017

Workers at the heavy-equipment giant voted by 93 percent to authorize a strike last Thursday.

Fall in quarterly profits paves way for new attacks on Caterpillar workers

By Niles Williamson, 29 July 2013

Last week, Caterpillar announced a 43 percent decline in second-quarter profits over the second quarter of 2012, a result of lower global demand for construction and mining equipment.

South Milwaukee Caterpillar workers challenge union on ratification of sellout contract

By Niles Williamson, 22 June 2013

United Steelworkers officials are refusing to release the actual tally of votes as workers at Caterpillar’s plant in South Milwaukee challenge the union’s claims that a majority of workers ratified the last week's sellout.

Caterpillar announces layoffs at South Milwaukee plant

By Nicholas Russo, 17 June 2013

Days after the United Steel Workers forced through a six-year concessions contract at Caterpillar’s Global Mining facility in South Milwaukee, the company announced indefinite layoffs for more than 30 percent of production workers.

Union rams through sellout deal at Caterpillar South Milwaukee plant

By Niles Williamson, 13 June 2013

Without releasing the vote count, the United Steelworkers (USW) announced Tuesday that workers at Caterpillar’s Global Mining plant in South Milwaukee had narrowly accepted a six-year contract.

Reject the USW sellout in South Milwaukee! For an independent struggle by the working class!

the Socialist Equality Party, 11 June 2013

The Socialist Equality Party is distributing the following statement to South Milwaukee Caterpillar workers urging them to reject the sellout deal being pushed by the United Steelworkers.

USW pushes sellout deal at South Milwaukee Caterpillar plant

By Niles Williamson, 4 June 2013

United Steelworkers Local 1343 is recommending a tentative six-year agreement covering 800 workers at Caterpillar’s South Milwaukee, Wisconsin plant.

“I tell my people…we can never make enough profit”

Caterpillar CEO defends wage-cutting

By Niles Williamson, 24 May 2013

Explaining why he is seeking to impose wage cuts of up to 50 percent, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman explained that his corporation could never make enough profits.

Union seeks sellout deal at South Milwaukee Caterpillar plant

By Niles Williamson, 16 May 2013

A week after the collapse of negotiations between Caterpillar and the United Steelworkers in South Milwaukee, the union is determined to push through a concessions contract.

Contract talks break down at S. Milwaukee Caterpillar plant

By Niles Williamson, 11 May 2013

Contract negotiations between the United Steelworkers and Caterpillar in South Milwaukee broke down this week, only hours after talks resumed.

Steelworkers union exposes workers to lockout threat as talks resume at South Milwaukee Caterpillar plant

By Niles Williamson, 8 May 2013

Having rejected strike action, the United Steelworkers is seeking to impose a sellout agreement with the heavy equipment maker.

Caterpillar announces more layoffs in Illinois and Canada

By Marcus Day, 6 May 2013

Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has announced more layoffs at its facility in Decatur, Illinois, and the shuttering of an entire plant in Toronto.

Reject the USW sellout of S. Milwaukee Caterpillar workers! For an independent struggle by the working class!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 29 April 2013

The SEP is distributing the following statement to the 800 workers at Caterpillar’s Global Mining plant in South Milwaukee who are voting today on a six-year concessions contract approved by the United Steelworkers (USW).

Caterpillar prepares confrontation with South Milwaukee workers

By Niles Williamson, 29 March 2013

Contract talks are scheduled to begin April 2 between Caterpillar Inc. and the United Steelworkers Union for a new contract covering 800 workers in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Betrayal at Caterpillar

By Andre Damon, 22 August 2012

With its demand for a “market wage,” the transnational construction equipment giant is laying down a new benchmark for American workers.

Union forces through concessions contract at Caterpillar in Illinois

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2012

Machinists on strike at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois voted narrowly to accept a union-backed concessions contract, ending a nearly four-month-long strike.

Reject the sellout at Joliet! For an independent political struggle of the working class!

Socialist Equality Party, 17 August 2012

Rejection of the deal at Caterpillar must be linked to a new political strategy to mobilize the entire working class against the corporate-driven attack on wages and benefits, which is backed by both big business parties.

IAM reaches sellout deal in Illinois Caterpillar strike

By Jeff Lussane, 16 August 2012

Striking workers will vote Friday on a tentative agreement reached by the Machinists union to end the 15-week strike by 780 workers at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois.

Illinois Democrats feign support for Caterpillar strikers

By James Nykvist, 15 August 2012

The IAM and other unions have dragged out various Democratic Party politicians to posture as friends of striking CAT workers.

Joliet Caterpillar strikers speak out

By our reporters, 15 August 2012

WSWS reporters spoke to strikers on the picket line in Joliet, Illinois

The unions’ role in isolating the Caterpillar strike

By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 30 July 2012

Workers at Caterpillar’s Joliet plant have confronted not only the determination of management, but also the isolation of their struggle by the IAM and the other major unions.

The Caterpillar strike and the impoverishment of the American working class

By Joseph Kishore, 27 July 2012

The strike at heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s plant in Joliet, Illinois is indicative of the ruthless determination of the ruling class to impoverish US workers.

South Milwaukee Caterpillar workers speak out in support of Joliet strikers

By Nicholas Russo and Niles Williamson, 27 July 2012

Workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about record profits for Caterpillar, and in solidarity with workers on strike for three months in Joliet, Illinois.

Twelve weeks into Joliet strike against wage-cutting

Caterpillar announces record profits

By Tom Eley, 26 July 2012

Caterpillar, which is seeking massive concessions from striking workers at its Joliet, Illinois plant, recorded huge second quarter profits.

SEP candidates speak to workers at Caterpillar plant in South Milwaukee

By Eric London, 24 July 2012

After just three days of campaigning, volunteers for the Socialist Equality Party have collected over half of the required 2,000 signatures for ballot-access in Wisconsin.

Continued isolation of Caterpillar strike poses grave danger to workers

By Kristina Betinis, 5 July 2012

As Caterpillar’s strike-breaking efforts mount, the IAM has been protesting company headquarters in order to convince shareholders to pressure the company on behalf of workers. The striking workers’ struggle must be taken out of the hands of the union and broadened to all Caterpillar workers, and working class more generally.

Caterpillar strikers face isolation and danger of defeat

By James Nykvist, 21 June 2012

Workers speak from the picket line as the strike by 780 machinists at the Caterpillar plant near Joliet, Illinois, entered its eighth week.

Caterpillar steps up strike-breaking effort in Illinois

By Kristina Betinis, 12 June 2012

Caterpillar has placed advertisements for strikebreakers as the walkout by 800 workers the heavy equipment manufacturer’s Joliet, Illinois plant entered its seventh week.

Video: SEP candidate speaks to striking Caterpillar workers in Joliet, Illinois

2 June 2012

On Wednesday, 800 striking machinists in Joliet, Illinois overwhelmingly rejected a new contract offer by Caterpillar. Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White traveled to Joliet to speak to workers.

Illinois Caterpillar workers reject “revised” offer, continue strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 31 May 2012

By a 82 percent margin, workers at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois voted to continue their strike against the heavy equipment manufacturing giant.

Reject the concessions contract at Caterpillar!

Socialist Equality Party, 30 May 2012

This leaflet is being distributed at a meeting Wednesday to vote on a tentative agreement in the strike by machinists at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois.

Illinois Caterpillar strike enters fourth week

By Jeff Lusanne, 21 May 2012

Nearly 800 workers at a Caterpillar plant near Joliet, Illinois have been on strike since May 1 fighting company demands for a six-year contract that would sharply reduce their pay and erode working conditions.

Striking Caterpillar workers in Illinois speak on their struggle

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 May 2012

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with striking workers at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois, where workers and their families are maintaining a 24-hour picket line.

Caterpillar workers strike in Joliet, Illinois

By Matthew Brennan, 2 May 2012

After rejecting a new six-year contract, nearly 800 machinists at a Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois went on strike early Tuesday morning.

Caterpillar workers accept severance deal in London, Ontario plant closure

By Carl Bronski, 3 March 2012

Locked-out workers at Caterpillar’s Electro-Motive plant in London, Ontario voted overwhelmingly to accept a severance deal presented to them by Canadian Auto Workers union officials last week.

Workers at Ontario Caterpillar plant voice outrage over lockout and closure

By Lee Parsons, 13 February 2012

A WSWS reporting team spoke with picketers outside the Caterpillar-owned Electro-Motive Diesel plant last Friday—one week after the company announced it was transforming a six-week lockout into a plant closure.

Fight Ontario Caterpillar plant closure! Unite North American workers against wage-cutting!

By Keith Jones, 9 February 2012

Caterpillar's decision to close its London, Ontario locomotive plant exemplifies the ruthlessness of big business and the urgency of workers in North America and around the world uniting their struggles against the corporate offensive on jobs, wages and workers’ rights.

Caterpillar to close Ontario locomotive plant where workers resisted wage cut

By Keith Jones, 4 February 2012

Caterpillar subsidiary Electro-Motive Diesel has announced that it is transforming the lockout at its London, Ontario diesel-locomotive manufacturing facility into a plant closure.

Ontario premier feigns support for locked out Electro-Motive workers

By Keith Jones, 2 February 2012

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s intervention in the Electro-Motive lockout is a reactionary ploy. His aim is to assist the CAW in securing a concessions–filled contract and enlist the cooperation of Ontario’s unions in imposing sweeping social spending cuts.

The unions and the lockouts at Cooper Tire and Caterpillar

By Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2012

As the lockouts of Cooper Tire workers in Ohio and Caterpillar workers in Ontario enter their ninth and fourth weeks, the unions are working deliberately to isolate the struggles and ensure defeat.

Thousands rally to support Ontario Electro-Motive workers

By Carl Bronski, 23 January 2012

Ten thousand workers and young people rallied in London, Ontario last Saturday to support workers at the local Caterpillar-owned diesel locomotive plant who have been locked out after refusing to accept a more than 50 percent cut in pay.

“We need every worker from around the world to have a day of action against Caterpillar”

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2012

Locked-out Electro-Motive workers and their supporters spoke to the WSWS at a January 21 support rally in London, Ontario.

Some hard truths about the unions’ “Day of Action” for Ontario Electro-Motive workers

By Keith Jones, 21 January 2012

Almost exactly one year ago, union and NDP leaders gave fiery speeches at a “Day of Action” organized to support locked-out US Steel workers in Hamilton, Ontario. They then systematically isolated the steelworkers’ struggle, ultimately imposing a concessions-laden contract on them.

Illinois Caterpillar workers discuss London, Ontario lockout

By Shane Ferratu and James Nykvist, 14 January 2012

WSWS correspondents spoke with Illinois Caterpillar workers about the lockout of Caterpillar workers in London, Ontario.

US, Canadian workers locked out for opposing wage cuts

By Andre Damon, 7 January 2012

The new year begins with major industrial lockouts in Ontario, Quebec and Ohio.

Seeking US-style wage cuts

Caterpillar locks out Canadian workers

By Carl Bronski, 4 January 2012

Caterpillar locked out 425 workers at a London, Ontario locomotive plant after they rejected a more than 50 percent wage cut.