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Caterpillar, Steelworkers reach tentative deal

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SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -

Caterpillar Inc. has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Steelworkers union representing about 800 employees at the company's South Milwaukee plant.

Union members will meet with their negotiating committee on June 9 to review the proposed contract. United Steelworkers Local 1343 says the committee unanimously recommended the proposal for ratification. Ballots will be cast June 11.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports details of the agreement were not immediately available Friday.

Earlier this month, the union rejected a proposed contract that would have frozen wages and pensions. The rejected proposal also would have allowed Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., to idle portions of the mining equipment factory for temporary periods.

Union members continue to work under their contact that expired April 30.

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