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  •  1992 strike beginning of the end for Peoria (1+ / 0-)
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    tcdup

    I'm from Galesburg, about an hour away from Peoria.
    From what I understand of the 1992 Cat strike in Peoria, management brought in (non-union) employees who were engineers to work the floor.
    The engineers took a look at the line and said, "Hey! We can really modernize this!"
    So they did, and the increased robotics managed to eliminate a whole bunch of jobs previously performed by people.
    The strike ended, but many fewer workers were needed.
    Peoria hasn't been the same since.
    My Republican father-in-law, who was a big wig in the accounting department before he retired, seems to have zero sympathy for the workers. Love that labor/management divide. snark

    •  I also used to live in Canton, roughly half way (0+ / 0-)

      between Peoria and Galesburg. Canton was hit hard when International Harvester was lost and as I recall Galesburg took a huge hit when Maytag pulled out and headed to Mexico.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 04:51:19 AM PDT

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