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CATERPILLAR STATEMENT RE: NLRB COMPLAINT

 PEORIA, Ill., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Inc. released the following statement today concerning a complaint issued Feb. 25, 1993, by the National Labor Relations Board Region 5 director in Baltimore:
 The allegations in this complaint are untrue and without merit. Caterpillar will vigorously defend against each allegation, and is confident that after a full hearing of the facts, the company will be found in full compliance with the National Labor Relations Act.
 In the interim, additional comment is warranted on the complaint's assertion that a threat was made to close the company's York facility.
 As the union leadership well knows, the company has consistently and publicly taken the position that to keep the York Precision Barstock Products Business Unit open, an agreement needs to be reached which allows it to become competitive.
 The union leadership was expressly advised during a bargaining session on Feb. 19, 1992: "The company will agree to keep the York PBP facility open through Sept. 30, 1997, if the union will agree to the following modifications to the Central Agreement, Local Agreement and the Benefits Plans Agreement. If such agreement cannot be reached, the company will proceed with plans to close the York PBP facility."
 The union leaders who've orchestrated this false allegation of a "threat" by Caterpillar are the same officials who've routinely made intimidating and threatening public statements against Caterpillar and its employees over the past several months. For example:
 -- "Caterpillar has lost money for seven of the last eight quarters. My crystal ball tells me that, as this trend continues for the next several years, WITH EVER-INCREASING UAW ASSISTANCE, even the highly insulated Caterpillar board of directors will see that it is time to retire the current top management and reach an agreement with the UAW." - Paper presented by Leonard R. Page, UAW International associate general counsel, to eighth annual National Conference on Labor & Employment Law, Jan. 22-23, 1993, Tampa, Fla. (all caps -- author's emphasis).
 -- To those who may disagree with the union: "Keep your mouth shut and your opinions to yourself. We do not need, nor want, your decaying thoughts and useless bodies cluttering up our battlefield, and demoralizing our healthy troops." - Local 974 News, Dec. 18, 1992.
 -- "You Are Entering a War Zone" -- UAW billboards erected in December 1992 near several Caterpillar facilities.
 -- "If we can't get some legislation to change that then you are going to see us return to other methods, and I don't think the public is going to like the method that we are going to use. We are going to have to return to the 30s and resort to violence I guess." - Larry Solomon, UAW Local 751 president on WSOY Radio, Decatur, Sept. 8, 1992.
 -- "Hopefully it will cost (Caterpillar) some sales," ... UAW International Secretary-Treasurer Bill Casstevens referring to union's call for local governments not to do business with Caterpillar - Peoria Journal Star, June 19, 1992.
 -- "Bieber: We'll Put Cat Out of Business. ...We have to send the message to companies that if they are unwilling to treat their workers fairly, then I say without any hesitation, that those companies don't really have any basis for existence...'" - UAW International President Owen Bieber's remarks to UAW convention, reported in Peoria Journal Star, June 19, 1992.
 In view of their tactics and comments, we're not surprised UAW leaders now are trying to attribute fabricated threats to Caterpillar management.
 -0- 02/26/93
 NOTE TO EDITORS: It's important to note that an NLRB "complaint" is not a ruling that an unfair labor practice has occurred. Rather, it simply serves as a mechanism for presenting the question to an administrative law judge. The judge conducts a hearing and makes a recommendation to the NLRB, which then renders a decision.
 /CONTACT: Caterpillar corporate public affairs, 309-675-5813/
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