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Caterpillar can take its boots with them

London store pulls the company’s wares from its shelves after a controversial plant closure

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A store in London, ON, has stopped selling Caterpillar boots after the firm behind the footwear announced the closure last week of a local manufacturing plant. The U.S.-based Caterpillar had asked workers to give up benefits and take a 50 per cent wage cut at the Electro-Motive plant, which had made diesel locomotives. Employees at the firm were locked out on Jan. 1. And on Friday, the company announced the whole thing would shut down, a move a union leader called “unethical, immoral, disrespectful” and the Star’s David Olive likened to “industrial rape.” Work done at the plant may now move to Indiana, where anti-union legislation recently passed. London’s local Mark’s Work Warehouse outlet, meanwhile, pulled Caterpillar boots from its shelves over the weekend in solidarity. It’s not entirely clear whether the boycott continues.

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Toronto Star

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