Tell Caterpillar to get back to the bargaining table!


On January 1, Caterpillar locked out nearly 500 Electro-Motive Diesel workers in London, Ontario. Days earlier, the company walked away from the bargaining table after demanding that workers accept a 50 per cent cut to wages and benefits.

Caterpillar is an exceptionally wealthy company, today raking in record profits and doling out record executive compensation. At the same time, Caterpillar is asking its workers to accept dramatically less – wages and benefits last seen in the mid-1980s.

Workers at Electro-Motive are highly productive and highly skilled and their wages are comparable to the industry standard. The decision to chop workers’ wages and benefits in half is nothing more than corporate greed.

Please take a moment to contact Caterpillar CEO
Douglas R. Oberhelman and ask him to bring an end to the lock out and negotiate a fair collective agreement for Electro-Motive workers.

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The Message:

Dear Mr. Douglas R. Oberhelman,

Nearly 500 workers have been locked out in the cold since January 1 at Electro-Motive Diesel in London, Ontario Canada.

I’m writing to you today to ask that you use your power as Caterpillar CEO to end the lock out and to instruct Caterpillar negotiators to return to the bargaining table and reach a fair collective agreement with Electro-Motive workers.

I personally find the demand that workers take a 50 per cent cut in their wages and benefits to be unfair and unreasonable. Caterpillar is an extremely profitable company and should pay their fair share, not demand that workers accept wages that are out of step with the cost of living and the skill-level required for the job. Workers at Electro-Motive are highly productive and highly skilled.

I ask that Caterpillar recognizes these considerable assets and returns to negotiations with the CAW and reach an equitable collective agreement.

I look forward to your prompt response on this matter.

Thank you for your consideration.


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