JOLIET, Ill. -- Nearly 800 striking workers at the Caterpillar (CAT) plant in Joliet ratified a new contract Friday with the heavy equipment manufacturer after spending months on the picket line.
Caterpillar said in a statement that members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted to approve the new proposal. Company and union officials worked out the deal with a federal mediator earlier this week.
"We are pleased with the outcome of the vote and certainly happy to have our employees coming back to work," said Tim Flaherty, Caterpillar's general manager of advanced components systems operations. "We know situations like this are never easy and that it impacts not just employees, but their families. I think everyone involved is ready to get this behind us."
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