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Petition to Support Locked Out CAW Workers

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Petition to the House of Commons Whereas, in 2010 Progress Rail, a division of Caterpillar Inc, purchased Electro-Motive Diesel, now Electro-Motive Canada (EMC); Whereas, Progress Rail has removed production equipment from the EMC London, Ontario plant, which is in violation of the collective agreement signed between the workers of EMC within CAW Local 27 and Progress Rail; Whereas, Progress Rail prematurely locked out its London workforce on December 29, 2011; Whereas Progress Rail demanded a 50% reduction in wages, benefits and pensions despite a posted profit of $1.14 billion, an increase of 44%; And whereas, the Government of Canada has given Progress Rail corporate tax breaks estimated at $5 million. We, the undersigned, call upon the Parliament of Canada to: Investigate the conditions of the sale of Electro-Motive to Progress Rail and a Declaration of Intent by Progress Rail regarding Electro-Motive Canada under the Foreign Investment Act; Investigate the bad faith bargaining of Progress Rail in regard to the contract negotiations between EMC and Progress Rail; Award Employment Insurance benefits to locked-out workers; Request a Constructive Dismissal package be made available to locked-out workers; Award the release/payout of the Supplemental Employment Insurance benefits to EMC employees; And discontinue any and all tax breaks and exemptions awarded to Progress Rail under the Foreign Investment Act.

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