MOUNT PLEASANT – CNH Industrial, which owns the former Case Corporation that Racine founded, plans to reduce health insurance for union workers starting Friday, May 13th.
More than 1,000 workers are said to be on strike between Racine, Mount Pleasant and the city of Burlington, Iowa, following the end of the last decade and the collapse of negotiations late last month.
The strike began on Monday, May 2, at 12:00.
UAW Local 180, which represents CNH (Case New Holland) workers in the Racine region, announced on Saturday that "as of May 13, CNH companies have notified UAW unions that they will cancel health insurance for all their members.
General Motors (GM) did the same during its strike (in the fall of 2019) and changed course after the community hurdle, John Deere did not consider this tactic (in the fall of 2021) but has billion-dollar companies, like CNH, say they care about the well-being of their employees You know the old saying, "Actions speak louder than words." It is time for our community to speak out and stand up against CNH !!! "
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According to CNH, the UAW knew it was coming. In a statement Monday, CNH Industrial said: “Before the strike began on May 2, 2022, representatives of CNH Industrial and UAW discussed how to manage health insurance for striking workers during the strike. As a result of these discussions, the Parties agreed that the provision of health care services would be diverted from supply from CNH Industrial to supply from UAW. "This transition will take place on May 14, 2022, so there will be no gap in the coverage of striking workers."
In an email, Yassin Mahdi, president of UAW Local 180, which represents workers in the Racine area, told CNH, "I will not go forward and forth with them on this. They have full control over insurance and can "leave. uninterrupted insurance if they wish."
According to UAW officials, striking workers are paid $ 275 a week (about a quarter of the average wage in the United States) by unions.
"There should be a law" that would prevent companies from providing health insurance for striking workers, said in a telephone interview Monday Tom Nelson, the Democratic senator currently held by Republican Ron Johnson.
"I spoke to the workers (in Racine); her health insurance was cut off on Friday. There must be a law. When I go to the U.S. Senate, I will introduce a bill that bans union cuts in health care," she said. said Nelson.
Barb Mendes, the strike commander who led the strike line on Durand Street in Mount Pleasant on Monday, said the strike was continuing.
"We have to do what we have to do," he said, noting that health insurance benefits were not claimed during the 2004 strike. "It is very disappointing to know that more than 700 people work here."
Mendez, who has worked at CNH for more than 20 years on two different tours, continued: "It's very sad. It's like a slap in the face when you find out he comes to your busy job every day and then wants "Remove your insurance because you do not know what kind of contract you want to get."
Aside from Burlington, Iowa and Racine / Mount Pleasant, only one CNH plant in the US has a merger – in Fargo, North Dakota – a CNH spokesman confirmed in an email.
Those affiliated with Fargo, the organizers with Teamsters, are not currently on strike, but will strike at the end of 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.
"It means war," Nelson said in a statement in response to the news of the termination of health insurance.
Nelson, who is currently an executive of Otagami County and stands by local voters on Monday, continued in an interview Monday: "Across the country, including Starbucks, Amazon and many others, there has been a resurgence in the workers' organization. in the same time. "There was a storm of subtle cuts in Wisconsin."
Went to Oshkosh Corp. (also known as Oshkosh Defense), who chose to sign a multi-billion dollar contract to build new vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service at a non-union facility in South Carolina instead of Oshkosh, where the unionized workers are. He also noted that other Wisconsin union stores, including the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill in Green Bay, were closing, and Georgia Pacific employees could stay with the Atlanta-based company only if they went to a non-union facility.
According to Nelson, the alleged union tactics involved CNH paying more non-union workers to discourage workers from leaving the union.
"If you are interested in running and you are interested in work and workers, you have to give priority to those workers," he said. "Make it an integral part of your platform."
In a Twitter post Saturday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, said: "I support Racine AFL members fighting for fair contracts and better wages. Wisconsin depends on a skilled workforce like the members of AFL ".
Greta Neubauer, leader of the minority parliamentary group D-Rasine, and Racine Mayor Cory Mason, a Democrat, were photographed with the strikers last week to express their support for an imminent solution at the negotiating table.
Union officials said the strike could last up to six months.
According to NPR, 34 percent of Wisconsin workers in 1964 were unionized. In 2008, this percentage decreased to 15.1%. In 2014, it fell to 11.6%.
Neither CNH nor the UAW have publicly explained the transactions that were on the table when the strike began.
In a Facebook post last week, UAW Local 180 blamed the "company greed" for the strike. The union cited CNH's reported results for the first quarter of 2022, which included $ 4.6 billion in revenue and $ 378 million in adjusted net income. In 2020, the company reported profits of $ 1.76 billion, up 21% year-on-year.
Pictured: Crew protest in Racine and Mount Pleasant
The strike is being carried out by workers of the local labor union CNH Industrial, the multinational company that owns the Case IH brand, which founded JI Case as Case Corporation.
A local 180 UAW employee protested on Oakes Road Monday afternoon.
Ed Cobb, or not, was one of the wonderful employees of CNH Industrial. He was spotted on guard duty here near 2701 Oaks Road in Mount Pleasant on Monday afternoon.
Casey Bannick, a second-generation employee at Case, stands with his parents and other protesters on Green Bay Road.
Brian and Dana Bannick, right and center, stand with their son Casey on Green Bay Street to protest outside the Case building. All three work for the company and are members of the local UAW 180 union.
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