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On New Year's Day, more than 465 CAW Local 27 members were locked out of their jobs at Electro-Motive in London, Ontario. Six weeks later, Caterpillar announced it would be closing the facility... forever.

 Caterpillar, who purchased Electro-Motive in June 2010, provoked a labour dispute after walking away from negotiations. The company tabled a take-it-or-leave it offer that would slash wages and benefits in half and eliminate the pension plan.

Caterpillar purchased Electro-Motive under the Investment Canada Act without scrutiny or full review by the federal government. And the federal government has failed to disclose the terms of the purchase, despite repeated calls for full public disclosure.

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CAW Caterpillar (Electro-Motive Diesel) Closure Agreement, February 23, 2012

What needs to be done:

Letters:

 

  • CAW Requests a Trade Policy Response to Caterpillar's Closure of London Facility
  • Solidarity Letter from the International Metalworkers Federation
  • Solidarity Letter from Los Mineros Union
  • Solidarity Letter from Sindicato dos Metalurgicos de Piracicaba Estado de São Paulo - Brasil
  • CAW President Calls for Overhaul of Investment Canada Act - February 9, 2012
  • CAW President Calls for Overhaul of Investment Canada Act - FRENCH - February 9, 2012
  • Caterpillar Action Letter from CAW President Ken Lewenza
  • Caterpillar Action Letter from CAW President Ken Lewenza - FRENCH
  • CAW President Calls for Review of Electro-Motive Purchase
  • Solidarity Letter issued by Belgian, French and Italian unions representing workers at EU Caterpillar facilities
  • CAW President Ken Lewenza Calls for Modernization of Ontario Labour Laws

    •   Follow the links below for other materials and information about the lock-out at Electro-Motive.