UAW ratifies new contract with Cat; Peoria votes to reject

UAW ratifies new contract with Cat; Peoria votes to reject

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Most members of United Auto Workers locals have voted to ratify a new central agreement with Caterpillar, with one notable exception.

An announcement on the union's website said all locals voted to ratify with the exception of UAW Local 974 in Peoria, who rejected the new six-year contract. There were still enough votes among the various locals for the central agreement to be ratified.

The Peoria local has rescheduled a supplemental local agreement vote for April 1. UAW members in Peoria will find out voting locations and times in the coming days. 

“Overall, we are happy with today’s vote to ratify a new six-year labor agreement, which provides competitive wages and benefits for our employees and their families,” said Jon Ginzel, Caterpillar Director of Labor Relations. “We expect the UAW to work closely with the UAW Local 974 to achieve a ratified local contract shortly.” 

Peoria-area workers are covered under a no-strike, no lockout provision in the new agreement, according to Caterpillar. 

The agreement ratified covers more than 5,000 UAW workers in Pontiac, Decatur, Montgomery (Aurora) and York, Penn. A breakdown of the percentage of members who voted to ratify the new central agreement was not provided. The agreement went into effect Monday. 

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