Machinists who are on strike at Caterpillar Inc’s Joliet, Illinois plant staged their second informational picket in front of the company’s Peoria headquarters on Friday.
Union officials say the company is offering no raises, doubled insurance premiums, weakened seniority rights and the end of a defined benefits pension plan. The company says it is trying to remain competitive globally.
But Gallaway said that competitiveness seems to pertain only to union workers, not bosses who received double-digit raises this year.
“Being competitive is one thing,” he said. “But when it only applies to a certain group of people, it’s biased,” he said of the lack of raises and increased cost for health insurance.