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Vol. 76/No. 25      June 25, 2012

Solidarity boosts spirit
of Caterpillar strikers
JOLIET, Ill.—Unionists from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council No. 14 in Chicago brought water and food as they joined the IAM Local 851 picket line here where Machinists have been on strike since May 1.

Tracy Johnson, a member of the IUPAT and Chicago Young Workers, helped organize the solidarity action. “We organized this because we feel that a struggle for one is a struggle for all,” she said. “Most importantly this is to build relationships since we see a lack of unions sticking together. We wanted to come down and show them support.”

On the lively picket strikers said they had just had a union meeting that morning. “The membership is strong, everyone is on the same page. We know the way we can lose is if we beat ourselves,” said picket captain and union steward Steve Westhoff.

Three other Caterpillar plants that the Joliet facility feeds hydraulics to have run out of valve controls, according to IAM Local 851 President Tim O’Brien.

“I know a lot of people taking action to prepare and get part-time jobs and stay out here until the battle is over,” stated Kendrick Harris on the picket line.

The Machinists thanked the painters and others for coming. Four workers from the postal union also joined the picket that day.
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