President Obama Urged to Join CAT Strikers

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Pro Union

Manhattan, IL

#1 Aug 5, 2012
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger is calling on President Obama to join the picket line outside the Caterpillar facility in Joliet, IL, where IAM members of Local 851 have been on strike since May 1, 2012.

As a candidate in 2008, President Obama declared he would put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk a picket line if American workers were denied their right to bargain collectively, said Buffenbarger.The workers at Caterpillar are not only being denied their collective bargaining rights, they are being targeted for extermination by a highly successful global corporation. It would be hard to find a better opportunity for this President to honor his promise to support American workers in trouble.

The strike at Caterpillar is fast becoming a defining battle over collective bargaining rights in the United States, with the heavy equipment maker demanding a six-year wage freeze and steep cuts in health care and pension benefits, despite record-breaking sales and profits.

Caterpillar racked up profits of $4.9 billion in 2011 and $1.586 billion in the first quarter of this year. Executive compensation at Caterpillar has also become an issue, with skyrocketing pay for Caterpillar executives that includes an $11 million bonus for Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman.

The dispute at Caterpillar is part of an effort by hostile corporations and their right-wing political allies to eliminate labor unions, gut their contracts and put an end to the American Dream for millions of American workers and their communities, said Buffenbarger.The battle lines are clearly drawn and its time for the President of the United States to answer the age-old question: Which side are you on?
Pro Union

Manhattan, IL

#2 Aug 5, 2012
I hope those guys and girls at CAT win this battle soon!!
Realist

Joliet, IL

#3 Aug 6, 2012
Don't hold your breath until Obama comes to join you at the picket line.
mmmmm

Chicago, IL

#4 Aug 6, 2012
Really
Manhattan Resident

Manhattan, IL

#5 Aug 6, 2012
Do Unions do anything but take money from people and then go on strike to complain that people actually have jobs in this economy? These idiots need to realize how lucky they are to have a job, and that Governor Quinn has not ran CAT out of the State as well.
mmmmm

Manhattan, IL

#7 Aug 8, 2012
Mr pres been there yet thought so what a fake he has to go

Since: Apr 12

Mchenry, IL

#8 Aug 9, 2012
I don't know if you notice this, but OBAMO IS A LIAR!!!
Manhattan Resident

Manhattan, IL

#9 Aug 9, 2012
United We Stand 2012 wrote:
I don't know if you notice this, but OBAMO IS A LIAR!!!
Only when his lips are moving.
John Sanchez

Addison, IL

#10 Aug 9, 2012
President Obama can't seem to find a pair of shoes with enough comfort to send him off to walk a picket line. He's been looking for that pair of shoes for a year and a half since the lines started moving in Wisconsin on the issue of collective bargaining, and it's difficult to imagine what his position might be on a wage freeze since his experience in that matter involves the two year wage freeze that he imposed on federal workers.

The shame is that the cipher, Mitt Romney, represents such an egregious threat to the republic that people of good conscience cannot even credibly threaten to withdraw their support from Obama. With a tolerable candidate being run by each of the major parties, unions could look to a candidate that represents their interests without fearing the terrible responsibility of their third party advocacy placing a sociopath like Mitt Romney in the White House.
Manhattan Resident

Manhattan, IL

#11 Aug 10, 2012
John Sanchez wrote:
President Obama can't seem to find a pair of shoes with enough comfort to send him off to walk a picket line. He's been looking for that pair of shoes for a year and a half since the lines started moving in Wisconsin on the issue of collective bargaining, and it's difficult to imagine what his position might be on a wage freeze since his experience in that matter involves the two year wage freeze that he imposed on federal workers.
The shame is that the cipher, Mitt Romney, represents such an egregious threat to the republic that people of good conscience cannot even credibly threaten to withdraw their support from Obama. With a tolerable candidate being run by each of the major parties, unions could look to a candidate that represents their interests without fearing the terrible responsibility of their third party advocacy placing a sociopath like Mitt Romney in the White House.
Yeah Romney was successful as a Governor creating jobs, HOW DARE HE!! You communists are idiots.

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#13 Aug 11, 2012
Everything Obama gets his hands on fails. Wouldnt be surprised if CAT leaves Illinois. Wouldnt blame them!

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