Labor Radio spoke with Yasin Mahdi, President of UAW local 180.
WE asked him to outline the issues:
Tape 16 seconds… three main issues”
President Mahdi outlined a fourth issue of excessive overtime. When asked if hiring more people would help President Mahdi indicated that would help but other issues contributed to the problem. Mahdi explained.
TAPE:30 seconds] so vested in the company”
Mahdi made frequent references to the feeling amongst the workforce that they looked upon their employment at CASE as more than just a job- but a career
Mahdi emphasized that the union has proposed ways to manage the company better When asked if the company shared that view Mahdi responded.
TAPE 13 seconds ‘deaf ears”
President Mahdi noted that the workers stepped up during the pandemic.
As of this interview, negotiations are not in progress. UAW local 180 stands ready to meet with the company to resolve the strike.
According to Market Watch the company had revenue of $4.65 billion for the quarter. I up 13.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Earnings for CNH Industrial are expected to grow by 13.87% in the coming year. In other words the union’s demands for higher way, an improved benefit do not seem to be constrained by finances.
Labor Radio will keep you informed as developments occur. Thanks to Yasin Mahdi, President UAW local 180 for the interview.
Reporting Courtesy of Frank Emspak for Madison Labor Radio.
Photo Courtesy of Brian Hawkins on Flickr