Union: Tentative Caterpillar deal an improvement

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Associated Press

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 5:01 PM

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Officials with the union that represents almost 800 striking workers at a Caterpillar Inc. plant in Joliet say a tentative deal is an improvement over previous offers.

Both the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and Caterpillar said Wednesday that they've reached a tentative six-year deal. The deal will go to a ratification vote on Friday. It needs a simple majority to pass. Union representative Steve Jones says the deal doesn't address all of the worker's issues, but "deserves" a vote.

The Peoria-based heavy equipment-maker says company officials and union representatives have agreed not to discuss details of the proposal.

The union represents 780 workers at the plant who have been on strike since early May to get better wages and health care benefits.

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