From the South Central Federation of Labor:
Since Nov. 15, nearly 200 Machinists have been out on strike at Manitowoc Cranes. At issue is not wages or benefits but the fundamental right to a union.
Executives at Manitowoc Crane have taken a page from Scott Walker’s Union-Busting Hand Book.
At the last minute, the company slipped union-busting language, similar to Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining bill, into the contract. Workers voted overwhelming (180-2) to reject the company’s proposal.
Both Machinists on strike and the company need to know that the Wisconsin labor movement and its supporters stand with the workers.
Machinists at Manitowoc Crane are taking a stand to defend their way of life. They have put their livelihoods on the line to provide an essential check on corporate power and greed, in order to ensure justice in the workplace.
As we head into this holiday season, here are other ways you can take a stand in solidarity with Striking Machinists at Manitowoc Crane:
- Make a contribution by mailing a check made out to MCI Strike Fund c/o Machinist Local Lodge 516 • PO Box 222 • Manitowoc WI 54221
- Donate to a holiday food and toy drive to assist families who have lost a paycheck. Send food and toys to IAMAW District Lodge 10 at 1650 S 38th St, Milwaukee WI 53215.
- Sign a petition to support the striking workers.
This public employee family put our check in the mail today – what about yours? We’ll be sending a check each pay period, will you join us?