The Washington Post

Caterpilla­r union approves new contract


Unionized workers at Caterpilla­r have approved a new six-year contract with the company that includes a $6,000 ratificati­on bonus, 19 percent in pay raises and 8 percent worth of lump-sum payments.

Members of the United Auto Workers union approved the deal over the weekend, which covers 7,000 employees in central Illinois and York, Pa. The contract is effective immediatel­y.

Workers will get 7 percent pay raises, plus 4 percent general wage increases in March of 2025, 2027 and 2028. They’ll also get 4 percent lump-sum payments in March of next year and in 2026.

The Texas constructi­on equipment manufactur­er also agreed not to close any factories for the life of the agreement.

By the end of the agreement, workers hired after 2005 will be on the same wage schedule as those hired before 2005, the company said.

Workers also got larger night shift premiums and an increased match in the 401(k) plan.

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