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CATERPILLAR: UAW DISREGARDS EMPLOYEES' INTERESTS WHILE MISLEADING CONEXPO OFFICIALS

 PEORIA, Ill., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar today released the following:
 The UAW obtained exhibit space at this week's CONEXPO '93 show in Las Vegas, by misrepresenting how and by whom the show booth would be used.
 According to a March 21 statement by the Construction Industry Manufacturing Association, CONEXPO's sponsor, the booth being used by the UAW originally was reserved under the name of "Contract Action Ltd. of Howell, Mich." On the application form, the exhibitor stated that "research publications" were the products/services to be exhibited, CIMA said.
 However, "On March 20, 1993, the opening show day, it was first called to the attention of show management that the information being disseminated by Contract Action Ltd. dealt with the labor relations situation between the United Auto Workers and Caterpillar. It is an established policy that CIMA does not involve itself in labor relations matters of its members," the CIMA statement said.
 The statement continued: "After examining the information yesterday afternoon, and meeting with this organization early Sunday morning, the decision was made by show management that Contract Action Ltd. does not qualify as an eligible exhibitor and their exhibitor space was rescinded effective immediately."
 The Michigan Department of Commerce, which licenses corporations, has no record of a corporation known as Contract Action Ltd. Furthermore, attempts to contact Contract Action Ltd. at the phone number provided on its CONEXPO application resulted in a recording that the number was disconnected or not assigned.
 "The UAW's use of false pretenses to obtain the CONEXPO booth shows the extent the union will go to try to turn customers away from Caterpillar," said Caterpillar Vice President Wayne Zimmerman. "It's incredible the union leadership is spending members' funds to send a delegation of about 35 people to Las Vegas for several days to demonstrate at a show at which Caterpillar isn't even an exhibitor. The UAW leadership has once again shown its complete disregard for Caterpillar employees -- including those the union represents.
 "We've also been told union leaders will go to Reno, Nev., to hold meetings next week," Zimmerman said. "Instead of pursuing such actions -- and conducting media events to divert attention from the real issues -- we'd like to see union leaders do something constructive for all Caterpillar employees, including their own members," he said.
 Caterpillar UAW-represented employees are working under the terms of the company's implemented offer, which includes: current average wages of about $18 an hour increasing to $21 an hour by 1997, better pensions, first-dollar health care coverage, and exceptional job security -- guaranteed until at least October 1997.
 -0- 3/22/93
 /CONTACT: Keith Butterfield of Caterpillar Public Information, 309-675-1307/
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CO: Caterpillar Inc.; United Auto Workers ST: Illinois IN: AUT SU:

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