While the Times article does not clearly state it, it is strongly suggested that under Cat's current strategy, it is better off if many of the strikers never return to work.
Thus, CAT wants to get rid of all first tier employees who are paid excessive wages and the UAW wants the strikers to take a big pay cut and the IAM is providing no support to the strikers.
The strikers need to picket the offices of the IAM and the AFLCIO. Otherwise, the strikers are simply an inconvenience to everyone.
Cat is not bringing in any untrained workers and turning them lose to machine parts.
They would be working as helpers to the skilled workers that are on hand.
You really need to learn by doing yourself.
So I suggest you apply for a scab job and then report back to us.
Ancient civilizations died as the oppressed revolted. History repeats itself over and over again. Even Alexander the Great could not convince his soldiers to fight on for his kingdom. He was forced to turn back as the soldiers began to mutiny.
I thought machinists were skilled workers?! If CAt wanted to get rid of the older workers all they have to do is give the the sub money the workers paid for without insisting the workers have to wait for their metering process. I am sure many would retire as they know CAT is one of the worst places to work.
In India, auto plant workers killed the HR manager, set the plant on fire and attacked other members of management. If it gets bad enough in America, violence will surface by the oppressed. Worker violence in Europe is occurring, people normally don't roll and play dead when the rich are declaring, "let them eat cake."
Strikers are ignorant. You don't strike when a recession is coming and the wages of Americans is coming down. You are replaceable. What better time to train new workers then during the slow times of recession? Have been collecting option premium on out of money puts and calls. May just cash out of this one tomorrow.
I just read where companies are concerned because the younger workers do not have the needed skills. With the education budgets cut for years and years the industrial arts classes have been decimated. CAT is willing to fore go a skilled labor force for gang bangers and disgruntled management and engineers. How is CAT able to place management and engineers in Joliet as replacement workers if their real reason for employment was so vital to the company?
People crossing the picket line does not solve the underlying problem being faced by the majority of strikers.
All it would take is one nutjob to react like the movie theater killer to bring national attention to this battle being waged on American workers.