Canadian Union Authorizes Strike Against CAT Subsidiary

By WEEK Producer

Canadian Union Authorizes Strike Against CAT Subsidiary

December 30, 2011 Updated Dec 30, 2011 at 5:49 PM CDT

Reuters in Canada is reporting that the London, Ontario local of the Canadian Auto Workers union has voted to strike against a Caterpillar subsidiary, Electro Motive Inc. The CAW's contract with the Ontario locomotive factory is up at midnight on December 31st. Reuters quotes a Friday union statement saying nearly 98 percent of members working for Caterpillar at an Electro-Motive plant voted to give the union the power to call a strike if needed in coming days. However, the CAW will not strike as long as Caterpillar is willing to leave current employment agreements in place while a new deal is being hammered out.