Reportedly, Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) workers are scheduled to vote on a tentative agreement with the company on March 12. The company informed that it had reached a six-year agreement with UAW members, warding off a strike at three central Illinois manufacturing facilities and a parts and distribution center in York, Pennsylvania.
The company informed wage increases, changes to parental leave and retirement benefits in the agreement, due for a pending a ratification vote by employees. Under the new contract, employees would receive a $6,000 bonus upon ratification, detailed 27% combined wage increases and lump sums over the six-year period, and a bump in employer contributions to retirement plans. Healthcare premiums remained unchanged.
The current agreement, which had been temporarily extended, lapsed at midnight on March 1.
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