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Struggle Ends at Load King!
America Doesn't Need More Corporate Greed!



At CMI Headquarters ...
... North Sioux City, SD ...
... in Charlotte, North Carolina ...
... Erie, Pa.

STRIKE SUPPORT: Recent activity on behalf of UE Local 1187 has taken place in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and North Carolina and points in between. Local 1187 members, who make Load King trailers for CMI in Elk Point, S.D. were forced into an unfair labor practice strike in February. After more than five months on the picket line, they were blocked from returning to work. In the photos above are UE members in action in Oklahoma (at CMI headquarters); North Sioux City, SD; Charlotte, NC and Erie, Pa. 


Struggle Ends
At CMI-Load King

In a near-unanimous vote, members of UE Local 1187 in Elk Point, S.D., have ratified a new three-year agreement with CMI Corporation, ending a 9-month strike against the company's Load King trailer manufacturing operations.

The strike settlement agreement, ratified on Sunday, October 24th, guarantees all strikers will be reinstated to their former jobs and provides $1.35 per hour in wage hikes over the contract term. It also reverses punitive wage and benefit cuts made by CMI during the strike and rescinds special, more favorable wage and working condition arrangements which had been offered to "permanent replacement" workers recruited to break the strike.

It appeared that any scabs who remain after the call back of strikers is completed over the next two weeks will likely be forced to take off shifts in addition to losing the special bonus rates CMI had paid to induce them to cross the picket line.

The strike settlement follows a months-long corporate campaign which included protest activities in a half-dozen states and a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that the strike was an "unfair labor practice" strike because CMI failed to bargain in good faith with the leaders of UE Local 1187.


"This was a hard-fought struggle our members chased this scofflaw company from Wisconsin to Texas to North Carolina to press for a measure of justice," said Bob Kingsley, UE's Director of Organization. "This settlement is a victory for our members in Elk Point and for UE members and allies nationwide who joined in supporting this strike and bringing pressure to bear on CMI."

The members of UE Local 1187 would like to thank everyone who added their voices to theirs in this long struggle for justice.

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