Caterpillar lay off workers in 3 states

Caterpillar lay off workers in 3 states

There are 6 comments on the WTHI Terre Haute story from Mar 17, 2009, titled Caterpillar lay off workers in 3 states. In it, WTHI Terre Haute reports that:

Caterpillar Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to lay off more than 2,400 employees at five plants in Illinois, Indiana and Georgia as the heavy equipment maker continues to cut costs amid the global economic ...

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worker at aurora plant

Mount Prospect, IL

#1 Mar 30, 2009
Caterpillar at the aurora plant are going over board with there take-aways.We are not responisble for the
conditions in the world.at the aurora plant they are going overboard with everything.Workers like me has given cat many years of our life yet it counts for nothing it a shame big companies like cat care so little about there employees.
come on

Halifax, PA

#3 Mar 30, 2009
worker at aurora plant wrote:
Caterpillar at the aurora plant are going over board with there take-aways.We are not responisble for the
conditions in the world.at the aurora plant they are going overboard with everything.Workers like me has given cat many years of our life yet it counts for nothing it a shame big companies like cat care so little about there employees.
I do feel for everyone who has lost there job in this terrible economy right but to say you have worked there for all these years and it counts for nothing, I am sure is wrong. Look around, nothing is selling and nobody is buying. Do you expect them to keep a plant up when there is nothing selling? What would you do if it were you as the owner and watching the money go out with nothing coming back in? Until this ship rights itself, I would expect more jobs to be lost to many who had no hand in this mess except they were not wealthy. We are all suffering in some way or another. Be very glad you worked all your life and was able to live as you did during that time. Perhaps it will all return in time but you were no doubt paid well for the service you did provide to the company. Again, sorry for your loss and hope things work out for you and your family.
come on

United States

#5 Mar 31, 2009
murphy wrote:
I laugh how they are trying to put blame on people who tried to live beyond there means...credit, mortgage, etc...it may seem like a good scapegoat, but infact, we would never be in this position if government and banking weren't soo greedy. THEY are the true root of why this country in crumbling.
In a sense, you are right and wrong. Yes corporate greed brught down the big problems but, and this is big, when regular everday people bought a 300,000+ home and paid interest only loans expecting something magical to hapen in ten years when the loan came due, are a big part of the blame. That my friend is greed and stupidity at the same time. Same thing with cars and all the other luxuries of life that people with regular incomes tried to attain on credit cards and then eventually knew tha magic would happen or that they would just file bankruptcy and do it all over again later.

What we needed to do was have some set boundaries and not allow lonas to occur when the only way to pay for them is to hope they hit the lottery. Minimum wage jobs do not pay for new cars, new homes, vacations, new clothes, shoes etc... all that well. People expect that they are owed or deserve what the other people have. We don't! I don't think I deserve to drive in a brand new Mercedes just because someone else can afford it. Hopefully, this tragedy of an economy can reset the expectations of what people want and what they can actually get.
not as bad

Hood River, OR

#7 Apr 1, 2009
i have been watching whats been going on in central il.sense i moved away over 20 years ago i was born and raised there and granted what is happening there is not good but it seems mild compared to the mid 70s early 80s but most people recovered by getting into a different line of work or moved to were the work was at that time arz/texas was the hot spots now i here its in north and south dakota i understand everybody just cant up and move but it is a option open to everybody good luck to all of you who have lost your job

Since: Mar 09

My Hometown

#8 Apr 3, 2009
in decatur, the people that were suppose to get laid-off the 9th of april got laid of the 2nd instead. But the catch here is. They get paid up to the 10th. Makes no sense. But whatever.
come on

United States

#9 Apr 7, 2009
Local 751 wrote:
in decatur, the people that were suppose to get laid-off the 9th of april got laid of the 2nd instead. But the catch here is. They get paid up to the 10th. Makes no sense. But whatever.
My guess is the company expected a big problem at the end of that week and said shut it down ahead of time and save the headache. Pay the people for the time promised and move on. That is the way I would handle something if I knew there was chance of major upheaval in the last week of work and chance for injuries, loss, theft etc... People are just mad and angry with how life is treating them right now and I can't blame them but to take it out in violence on others, is wrong.

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