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Joliet Cat Workers Approve Contract, Ending Strike

Reports say the vote was close, and many employees are angered by a deal that is not much different than what had been offered to them earlier this summer.

The Joliet machinists' Inc. is over; a new six-year contract was approved today.

The deal, broked by district representatives for the 780 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, calls for wages of upper tier employees to have their wages frozen while second-tier workers hired after May 2005 will received 3 percent raises, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune

Health care premiums will double, pensions will be eliminated and seniority rights would be diminished, the story said.

However, workers will receive a $3,100 signing bonus.

According the Trib story, the vote was close and many workers were angered that the 3-month strike netted a deal that was similar to one .

Scotty August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM
The union demands were unrealistic and Cat. wasn't stupid enough to accept them. The earlier offer should have been acceptd by the workers and they could have been back to work supporting their families. Instead they got to sit home for many more weeks and their families suffered for it. The Union once again showed it doesn't care about the people or the company only power. The days of the unions bankrupting corporations with ridiculas demands are hopefully over.
Scotty August 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Yeah they should have voted it down, sat home a few more months. Maybe loose their homes. Cat would have been totally justified if they fired them all and hired non union workers. Wake up.
Woody August 29, 2012 at 01:40 AM
some where down the line i would imagine one of your family members was afilated with a. union and reaped the benifits of unionism. take a honest ,look back into your past and see if i was mistaken.god help your children if they intend to get by on the wages these nonunion companys pay. woody
Scotty September 03, 2012 at 08:40 PM
That is irrelevant. My family history has nothing to do with the fact that the unions are corrupt and political. If a past member of your family worked for Al Capone would you side with the gang bangers today. The unions more concerned with political power than the job security and well being of the members. The goons at the top live high on the hog off the hard work and dues ofthe members.Then lead them down the trail to the cliff. If the business goes bankrupt the members are out of luck. The only reason the auto workers still have pensions is because Obuma bailed them out with our childrens future. Just for votes. The union has out lived its usefulness. The socialist/communist society they want will be the death of the USA.
Scotty September 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Harmony in the union. Gotta love it. Woody you are as much as admitting that the union is a bunch of thugs. You are promoting retaliation against members who chose to get back to work and support their families instead of go down with the ship while the leadership floats away in the life boats. The union thrives on the ignorrant followers such as yourself.

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