Working without contract


EAST PEORIA, IL – FEBRUARY 12: President Barack Obama speaks to workers at a Caterpillar plant about creating jobs and stimulating the economy February 12, 2009 in East Peoria, Illinois. Stung by the global recession, Caterpillar announced in January it would cut more than 20,000 jobs. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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.

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