Video

Caterpillar Canada

1992, 26:00 minutes

TAPECODE 9506

A U.S. company decides to close its Canadian plant. Company owners offer the workers almost no compensation or severance pay. Workers take over the factory. Bob White of the C.A.W. arrives to help the workers get a better settlement.
This is the tragic story of the shutdown of the Caterpillar Canada plant in Brampton, Ontario. Caterpillar is a U.S. company that had operated in Canada for a long time, then suddenly decided to relocate to Raleigh, North Carolina.
This is a tape that shows strong emotions and raises many questions: what is the responsibility of a company to its workers when deciding to relocate? How hard can or should a union fight for its members? What's the role of the law and the provincial government in these matters? Was Free Trade the reason for the plant closure?
This is a story recurring everywhere in Canada. Students in high school and at college level, plus library patrons across the country, will find many reasons to use this challenging tape.

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