See the problem with Union negotiations! They are similar to collectivist thinking. One for all and all for one. Basically they want Caterpillar to commit to raises for everyone, instead of merit raises on individuals. That is the BETTER method, but these PRIVELEGED workers demand more! They don't care that Caterpillar has seen a slow down in China, Europe and Brazil. Doesn't matter to the colectivist! Not a bit! Then they complain about having to pay more for health benefits. I complainted to when it happened to me, but than again I didn't vote for Obama, like these Union goons did. Obaminationcare is a flawed program. It says no preexisting conditions on anyone saying the added costs to the insurance companies will be offset by forcing healthy people to get insurance. Ya right! What Obaminationcare is doing is raising insurance costs and premiums on EVERYONE! Companies and WORKERS are having to pay more. Caterpillar knew it was coming so they planned two things: (1) Get the replacement workers in place (from what I heard in the local news, applications poured in and keep pouring in from around the country) and (2) Start building a plant in a business and tax friendly state and get the hell out of IL (see GA below). Ask their Union brothers in Canada what unjust and boneheaded striking got them? Pink Slips! Closed a 62 year old plant and got it relocated to Indiana, where 250 Canadian jobs were lost and 250 American jobs were found! Canada workers unjustly strike forcing Caterpillar to close the 62 year old plant, lay off everyone and move the plant to the Indiana! Oh Cannnnnaaaada! Mentioned on the local news where the 800+ jobs will move to!