Milwaukee Caterpillar workers ratify new 6-year contract

CREATED Jun 11, 2013

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  • Blasted rock is loaded into a Caterpillar mining truck by a Bucyrus electric rope shovel. Image by Journal Sentinel wire services

MILWAUKEE - The United Steelworkers have announced that members have ratified a new, six-year contract at Caterpillar’s South Milwaukee plant.

“The strength of our union truly is our membership,” USW District 2 director Michael Bolton said. “Our brothers and sisters earned a fair contract through their unity and determination.”

“We’re proud of the work we do for the world’s largest manufacturer of mining equipment,” Local 1343 president Kevin 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 USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.