Union members picket Cat headquarters

By WEEK Producer

June 4, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:11 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- About a dozen members of the Machinists Union held a demonstration in the rain outside Caterpillar headquarters today.

Some 780 union members have been on strike against Caterpillar since May 1, when their contract with the company expired.

Union members have twice rejected contract offers from the company by significant margins.

Sean Gallaway, the organizer of Monday's demonstration, called the Caterpillar contract offers "take it or leave it" propositions. 

"What this company is doing has very little to do with economical factors," said Sean Gallaway, of the Lodge 861 Machinist's Union.  "It has to do with one thing and one thing only and that's busting the union. As soon as they get rid of our union, they can pay anyone anything they want."

Caterpillar's last offer to the union offered a thousand dollar signing bonus to members if it was adopted by June 10.

If it is not approved by then, the Company will revert back to the terms of the April 27 "Last, Best and Final Offer".