SEIU* Health Care Illinois and Indiana gave a $25,000 check yesterday to the Local Lodge 851 Machinists Union, which represents striking workers at Caterpillar's Joliet plant. Machinist union president Tim O'Brien told the Chicago Sun-Times that Local Lodge 851 now has more than $90,000 in donations on hand.
The union launched the strike May 1 after Caterpillar made a final contract offer that included increased employee health care contributions and the loss of a guaranteed benefits pension program. Caterpillar, meanwhile, has made a record profit this year.
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