South Milwaukee Caterpillar workers approve pact

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that members of Local 1343 ratified a new, six year contract at Caterpillar Inc.’s South Milwaukee plant.
USW District 2 director Michael Bolton praised the work of the local union negotiating committee and the members of Local 1343 for their solidarity during contract negotiations, especially since April 30, when they rejected Caterpillar’s previous contract proposal and chose to continue working while negotiations proceeded instead of strike.   “The strength of our union truly is our membership,” Bolton said. “Our brothers and sisters earned a fair contract through their unity and determination.”   Local 1343 president Kevin Jaskie said that union members are eager to continue the traditions of quality and productivity in South Milwaukee.   “We’re proud of the work we do for the world’s largest manufacturer of mining equipment,” Jaskie said. “With negotiations behind us, our union can remain focused on building a secure, stable future for our plant, our families and our community.” The company’s statement about the vote said, “We are pleased to have reached what we believe to be a fair, reasonable and comprehensive agreement. The new contract will go into effect June 17. Many of the terms and conditions will go into effect on this date, while others will be phased-in over time.” The terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.

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