Union authorizes strike at Caterpillar plants

By Dow Jones Newswires
Posted Jan. 31 at 11:52 a.m.

Union workers at Caterpillar Inc. voted by a 94 percent majority to stage a strike against the company should a new contract not be drawn up by March 1, when the existing agreement expires, Illinois’s Peoria Journal Star reported on its website Sunday.

The vote involved union members at seven locals in Illinois, Colorado, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, according to the report.

“The strike vote is a normal part of the negotiations process and does not reflect the current status of bargaining between the UAW and Caterpillar,” the Union Auto Workers said in a statement, according to the report. “The parties are meeting regularly, addressing all concerns and are confident that a settlement can be reached by March 1.”

Talks are set to resume Monday, the report said. Caterpillar had no comment, according to the report.

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  1. nancy Jan. 31 at 8:53 a.m.

    The UAW – what a bunch of idiots – and ten years from now they will wonder where their jobs went

  2. Call, Tim Jan. 31 at 9:08 a.m.

    Of course the Unions, including this massive piece of bail-out wonderlust, have cart blanche now that their Health Care plans are solid Gold!

  3. Robb Jan. 31 at 10:22 a.m.

    i should print this article so i can prove to my son that yes dinosauers and unions ever existed

  4. RamRod Jan. 31 at 11:15 a.m.

    I can’t believe that in this economy unions manage to exist.

    Is there a union for unemployed, living on Social Security, or the homeless. Those would be the only unions that MIGHT have some value.

    The strike should be terribly unlikely, but note that RamRod says that should this union, strike this company, at this time, it will be the death knell of both. Just so I can say I told you so.

  5. The dude Jan. 31 at 11:53 a.m.

    If Catepillar is going to let themselves get strong armed by the unions in this economic environment, they deserve to have higher costs.

  6. RC Jan. 31 at 12:25 pm

    Despite their rhetoric, the UAW is the biggest cause of jobs being sent overseas or south of the border.

  7. momic Jan. 31 at 1:01 pm

    CAT is building three plants in China right now. Soon the only presence left in the US will be a parts depot.

  8. SC Feb. 1 at 1:15 pm

    Corporate Greed is the reason that jobs are being outsourced and not Unions. I would guess that most of you fools beleive that the blame should be placed on “greedy” workers who only want to be paid a decent wage instead of Corporate Execs. being paid millions and wanting more every year!!!

  9. natures band-aid Feb. 11 at 5:02 pm

    i belive they should strike CAT and prove to the greedy excecs. that americans do deserve better wages and health care …we built it we can
    take down…just saying… stand up for what is right STRIKE ,stand up for your union and stand strong STRIKE