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UAW SUBMITS TO NLRB SETTLEMENT: PROMISES TO END DEALER PICKETING

 PEORIA, Ill., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) charges that dealer picketing is illegal, the UAW has agreed to stop picketing independent Caterpillar dealers.
 The settlement agreement announced today by the National Labor Relations Board resulted from unfair labor practice charges filed Feb. 25. Caterpillar and several independent Cat dealers charged that the UAW illegally picketed a number of dealerships over the past four months.
 The charges contended the union broke the law by coercing and intimidating independently owned and operated businesses which are not involved in the union's labor dispute with Caterpillar. The wide- ranging charges included evidence of unruly demonstrations, harassment of dealer employees, and obstruction and intimidation of potential dealer customers and visitors.
 "The settlement sends a clear message that it's unlawful for the union to attempt to involve neutral third-party Cat dealerships in the UAW's dispute with Caterpillar," Corporate Labor Relations Director Jerry Brust said.
 "Attempting to turn customers away from the independent organization that sells our products is irresponsible. These tactics could only harm employees -- including those the UAW represents -- and it's ridiculous that union members' funds were being spent on such senseless, self- destructive behavior.
 "We're pleased that dealers, customers and our employees have been protected from becoming casualties of the union's negative tactics," Brust 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 coverage, and exceptional job security -- guaranteed until at least October 1997.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Lane, corporate public affairs of Caterpillar, 309-675-5813/
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