Caterpillar, union workers halt contract talks

CREATED May. 10, 2013

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SOUTH MILWAUKEE - Major developments happened overnight in the Caterpillar contract talks.

Those talks have stopped between the company and its union workers, and neither side agreed to schedule new meetings.

The existing contract for 800 Caterpillar workers expired 10 days ago.

Last week, the union rejected the company's six-year contract proposal by an overwhelming majority.

The proposal, among many other things, would freeze workers' wages.

Contract talks resumed on Wednesday, but late Thursday, the talks ended, with no new meetings scheduled.

Workers still continue to plan to work without a contract.

A Caterpillar spokesperson says the company is open to listening.