Joliet Cat Workers Approve Contract, Ending Strike
Reports say the vote was close, and many employees are angered by a deal that is not much different than what had been offered to them earlier this summer.
The Joliet machinists' strike with Caterpillar Inc. is over; a new six-year contract was approved today.
The deal, broked by district representatives for the 780 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, calls for wages of upper tier employees to have their wages frozen while second-tier workers hired after May 2005 will received 3 percent raises, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.
Health care premiums will double, pensions will be eliminated and seniority rights would be diminished, the story said.
However, workers will receive a $3,100 signing bonus.