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CATERPILLAR COMMENTS ON UAW WITHDRAWAL OF NLRB CHARGES

 CATERPILLAR COMMENTS ON UAW WITHDRAWAL OF NLRB CHARGES
 PEORIA, Ill., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Director of Corporate Public Affairs Terry W. Thorstenson issued the following statement today:
 Caterpillar is pleased that, following the National Labor Relations Board's thorough, four-month investigation, the UAW International Union has decided to drop these charges.
 We believe this is a clear acknowledgement that Caterpillar did not commit any unfair labor practices in declaring impasse and implementing the key provisions of its final offer after more than six months of fruitless negotiations. It also confirms that the company acted properly in its communications of bargaining-related facts to employees throughout the negotiations.
 These unwarranted charges introduced an additional element of uncertainty for our employees which was neither necessary nor productive. We continue to be disappointed that union leaders are making Caterpillar -- especially our employees and their families -- victims of a senseless campaign to defend an outdated union practice called pattern bargaining.
 Earlier this month, the NLRB dismissed three other cases brought against Caterpillar. Charges remaining before the NLRB involve allegations by each side against the other of surveillance activity during the strike and claims by the union that the company has unduly restricted the wearing of buttons, t-shirts, and the like in its plants. The company denies these allegations and will cooperate with the NLRB's continuing investigation.
 Caterpillar hopes the UAW leadership will now focus on its need to present a comprehensive contract proposal that abandons the Deere pattern. We're pleased that UAW-represented employees have been back at work for three months, working under key terms of Caterpillar's implemented contract proposal, including:
 -- Typical wages increasing from $17 to more than $19 an hour in the third year.
 -- Job security and no plant closings until at least Sept. 30, 1997.
 -- Improved retirement benefits.
 -- Excellent health care and other benefits.
 We believe this proposed contract is fair to employees, one of the best in the nation and significantly better than the last contract. We'd like nothing better than to reach an agreement with the UAW on a contract incorporating the terms of our final offer.
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 /CONTACT: Keith Butterfield of Caterpillar, 309-675-1307/
 (CAT) CO: Caterpillar Inc. ST: Illinois IN: AUT SU:


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