A video by LIUNA Local 563 about the strike rally at Cretex on August 6, 2013. Speakers include Paul Thissen, MN Speaker of the House; Tom Bakk, MN Senate Majority Leader; and Terry O'Sullivan, General President, Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).
Workers at Cretex in Shakopee, MN are on strike over the threatened loss of their pension plan. MN Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, MN Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Laborers' International Union President Terry O'Sullivan spoke at a rally for the striking workers outside the Cretex concrete plant on August 6.
Produced by the Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota
Edited by David Hertz
Arturo Sanchez is accustomed to working outside in all kinds of weather, making concrete products at Cretex Companies. He didn’t mind the hard work, he said, because he was earning a decent living and putting money into a pension plan for the day he would retire.
Now Cretex wants to take that money and convert the workers’ secure, union-based pension plan into a 401(k) worth much less. That prompted Sanchez and some 40 other members of Local 563 of the Laborers International Union of North America to walk off the job seven weeks ago. Read more »
Members of Laborers Local 563 are on strike because their employer, Cretex Companies, has threatened to cut retirement benefits roughly 80 percent for employees at the company's Shakopee, Minn. plant—destroying the dream of a secure retirement for dozens of area households. Read more »
Fifteen members of Laborers Local 563 filed Federal civil rights charges today with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) against Cretex for its treatment of Latino workers. Members of Local 563 who work at Cretex' Shakopee, Minn. concrete plant have been on the picket lines since June 19 when they went on strike to protest company plans to slash retirement benefits. Read more »