I have supported the Electro-Motive Diesel workers on this blog. I think what Caterpillar did to these workers is atrocious.
I was on the line with the workers and brought food.
Having said that, I’d like to present some facts about the boycott of CAT products locally.
My husband works in the London dealership of Toromont CAT.
Toromont Industries is a Canadian company formed in 1961. It’s first chairperson was a former Bank of Canada governor.
Toromont became a Caterpillar dealer in 1993 with the acquisition of the assets of an Ontario Caterpillar dealership. It acquired Caterpillar franchises in other parts of Canada:1996 (Newfoundland and Labrador), 2001 (Manitoba and Nunavut).
Toromont’s headquarters is in Concord, ON.
These dealerships across the country and here in London are not owned by U.S. CAT. It has always been a Canadian company. Boycotting products locally hurts another set of employees that are not connected to the lockout and now relocation of EMD in any way.
And yes the dealerships are feeling the pinch.
So how do you support the EMD workers without hurting another set of London employees who are trying to hold on to their jobs in a tough economy?
Have the companies now boycotting CAT thought about this at all? While trying to attack a U.S. company, they are hurting a Canadian company, founded 50 years ago that employs thousands of Canadians.
These workers also have families to support.
It’s a difficult situation all around but find a way to support EMD employees that doesn’t shift the blame and fallout onto another set of workers who are trying to earn an honest living like the rest of us.