USW Members Support Caterpillar Workers in Europe


Members of USW Local 1343 at Caterpillar in Milwaukee are standing in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Europe who are taking action in Geneva on Friday to protest the company’s cutbacks.

In September, the brutal and incomprehensible reality of Caterpillar’s restructuring plan sent shockwaves across Europe, with the company announcing its intention to close plants and lay off workers.

The company’s plan threatens about 2,500 jobs directly, along with thousands more in the surrounding communities of Belgium (Gosselies) and Northern Ireland (Monkstown). Even more European workers are increasingly concerned about the future of their workplaces and jobs.

In response to these threats, trade unions from around the world, along with the IndustriALL European Trade Union and IndustriALL Global Union, are supporting a mobilization effort on Friday, Nov. 18, to say: Stop the social and industrial CATastrophe!

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