CAW Council delegates are calling for major government policy changes in the wake of the closure of the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario.
CAW National President Ken Lewenza calling on the federal government to release detailed financial data associated with Caterpillar's 2010 acquisition of Electro-Motive Canada.
There's been some good public debate about the need for changes to the Investment Canada process in light of Caterpillar's incredible actions in London.
Thursday afternoon, Meg Borthwick caught up with the president of CAW Local 27, Tim Carrie, in the lobby of the London Hilton during a break from closure negotiations with Caterpillar.
Caterpillar's approach to labour relations is just one example of the growing evidence that capital and its right-wing political minions are determined to eradicate what's left of organized labour.
Caterpillar just reported that annual profits rose 83 per cent to a record $4.9 billion. Electro-Motive received $5 million in federal tax breaks announced on the factory floor by Mr. Harper in 2008.
It’s an act of corporate aggression against Canada and we should retaliate with an immediate tariff against Caterpillar products imported to Canada.
The decision announced today that U.S. Caterpillar Corporation will close its Electro-Motive plant in London instead of negotiating with the CAW Union requires an immediate response from governments.
It may have taken flight, but today Caterpillar, the corporation, looks more like a moth that is flying far too close to the flame. Unfortunately, many good people are getting burned in the process.
Thousands joined the Jan. 21 rally against Electro-Motive Canada in London, Ontario.