Steelworkers Disgusted by Caterpillar CEO's Shameful 2012 Cash Grab
PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers
(USW) today denounced Caterpillar Inc. CEO Douglas Oberhelman's 32 percent
compensation increase from $16.9 million in 2011 to $22.4 million in 2012 as
shameful and unwarranted.
USW District 2 Director Michael Bolton said that rewarding Oberhelman's job
performance by boosting his already lavish compensation by nearly one-third in
2012, despite lower than expected earnings, sends a dangerous message to other
CEOs that lining their pockets at the expense of their workers is somehow
"In 2012, Caterpillar Inc. put 700 people out of work by shutting down its
Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ont. after locking out its workers when
they rejected a 50 percent wage cut; then the company bullied almost 800
workers into major wage and benefit concessions after a three-month labor
dispute in Joliet, Ill.," Bolton said.
"In South Milwaukee, Caterpillar management threatened to lay off 40 percent
of the plant less than a week before our negotiations started," Bolton said,
"and when we got to the table, the company proposed unnecessary, sweeping
changes to our contract language and continues to demand unfair concessions in
other major economic and non-economic areas."
"There's no secret to Caterpillar's approach to labor relations," Bolton said.
"The company clearly is willing to hold jobs, families and entire communities
hostage in its drive to bust unions, depress workers' incomes and slash
workers' health insurance and other benefits so that Oberhelman and other top
executives can cash in."
The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and
paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing
industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and
USW Local 1343 represents 803 Caterpillar workers in South Milwaukee,
More information, contact: Tony Montana (412) 562-2592; firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
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