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CATERPILLAR ISSUES STATEMENT ON NLRB COMPLAINT

 PEORIA, Ill., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today issued the following statement:
 Caterpillar Inc. will vigorously contest the complaint issued April 1, 1993, by the National Labor Relations Board as the issue moves to a hearing by an administrative law judge. We are confident that, after a full hearing of the facts, the company's actions will be found in full compliance with the National Labor Relations Act.
 The company's position remains unchanged on this issue from when it first arose last year. Persons who continue to wear inappropriate clothing will be asked to remove the offending item. If they repeatedly refuse to do so, they will be subject to disciplinary action.
 Caterpillar feels that items of clothing that detract from a proper business atmosphere cannot be tolerated, especially when such items are clearly part of an organized campaign with the sole purpose of vilifying corporate executives, dividing employees from one another, and potentially interfering with relationships with our customers, thousands of whom tour our facilities each year.
 This UAW campaign is simply an attempt to distract employee and public attention from the fact that, for more than one year, union leaders have failed to offer any substantive proposals that could lead to an agreement. Instead, the union leadership persists in trying -- unsuccessfully -- to find ways to hurt the company.
 We are pleased to have all of our hourly employees back to work under one of the best contracts in U.S. manufacturing today. It's obvious that union leaders are only serving their own narrow interests by attempting to divide employees from each other.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: It's important to remember that a complaint is only a referral for a hearing; it is not a determination an unfair labor practice has occurred./
 /CONTACT: Bill Lane, public affairs of Caterpillar Inc., 309-675-5813/
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