The cogwheel is a well-established and pretty widespread symbol of collaboration and operosity. It has been used for decades by societies, unions, organizations, national emblems, and flags, including in one instance for a nazi labour organization. So now nobody can use it again? Better tell that to the Rotary, the ILO, not to mention quite a few political parties and even some countries.
The nazi used the eagle emblem too, and the ear of wheat. I guess those are ruined too?
It sounds like bitching for the sake of bitching. (aka They changed it, now it's ruined