The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Caterpillar Workers Continue Strike

Jun 4, 2012

On May 30, striking workers at a Caterpillar components plant voted a big NO on a second take-away contract proposal. They continued on strike, as they have been since May 1.

The Joliet, Illinois plant makes components for Cat equipment. Of the 780 workers on strike, 620 voted on May 30, and 81% said, no thanks. They weren’t going for a contract that would freeze wages for six years, double the cost of workers’ health care premiums, eliminate seniority rights, and do away with pensions. No! No thanks!

The determination of workers like these, members of IAM Local 851, sets the standard for the stand that the entire working class will have to take, sooner or later. And it might as well be sooner! Nothing less will do.