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.