Union members questioning vote to ratify new Caterpillar contract

CREATED Jun 20, 2013

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  • United Steelworker members sit outside the United Steelworkers 1343 building during a vote on the Caterpillar contract last week. Image by Mark Felix- Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE - Union workers at a Caterpillar plant in Milwaukee are questioning the vote to ratify a new contract, according to the Journal Sentinel.

The contentious vote ratified a new six-year contract for the works, but leaders of Local 1343 said they will not be releasing the numbers of the vote for "strategic reasons."

"I want to put a lot of pressure on the union because this is B.S.," Local 1343 member Roman Damask told the Journal Sentinel. "I guess we are going to have to get the guys together, hire an attorney and sue them."

The union had said 95 percent of their members cast a vote, and a "majority" passed the measure. The union bylaws reportedly allow to keep the numbers secretive, but members are questioning the vote because a similar measure was defeated in April by an "overwhelming majority."