Cat settles Joliet strike. Finally, albeit tentatively.
But ratification by the membership will likely be little more than a mere formality, since the company and union have agreed to terms. Face saving seems to be in place.
Caterpillar Reaches Deal With Striking Workers says this:
and striking machinists at an Illinois assembly plant have reached a tentative agreement on a six-year contract.
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are scheduled to vote on the deal Friday.
Caterpillar said Wednesday that negotiators for the company and the
union settled on the agreement Tuesday. Neither the company nor the
union is releasing details about the deal, which would cover about 780
employees at Caterpillar's Joliet plant where hydraulic components are
made for Caterpillar's construction and mining machinery.
Workers walked off their jobs May 1 after rejecting an offer from the
Peoria, Ill., company that would have frozen wages for workers hired
before May 2005.
For workers hired after 2005, the company was willing to adjust their
wages based on its assessment of local labor-market pay rates. Workers
would pay more for health insurance and transition from a
defined-benefit pension plan to a standard 401(k) retirement-savings
Caterpillar also demanded more flexibility on assigning workers to different shifts."