CENTRAL ILLINOIS — Caterpillar employees are working without a contract. The contract between Caterpillar and the United Auto Workers expired at midnight, March 1, but workers agreed to stay on the job while negotiations continue.
CAT executives released this statement:
Although we have not yet reached an agreement, we have agreed to work without a contract while negotiating outstanding issues. Both parties remain at the bargaining table, focused on reaching a fair and reasonable agreement. Our UAW-represented employees also remain on the job, manufacturing the high-quality products our customers depend on us to deliver. Securing the right agreement is our team’s highest priority, and we’ll use this extra time to ensure we do it well.