As some 1100 workers walked out on strike May 9, CNH Industrial, which operates 13 manufacturing and engineering plants in the U.S., announced that it will cut off the workers’ health insurance as of May 11. It has also hired so-called “replacement workers” who were immediately ready to go even as the strike had barely commenced. Two unions represent the striking workers at three of the company facilities, UAW Local 807 in Burlington, Iowa, and UAW Local 180 in Racine, Wisc. CNH just recorded the most profitable year in its history. A major issue is two-tier wage system that sees workers hired after 2004 making $6-$8 less than those hired before 1996, with those hired between the two years making in-between.
Who Gets the Bird, 5/8