Caterpillar Squirms Under Retirees' Lawsuit
Caterpillar's retired United Auto Workers (UAW) members are suing the company for cuts in health coverage their union approved. In return, Caterpillar is suing the UAW to make them pay– should their members win their lawsuit. As quoted in Forbes, Caterpillar spokesman Rusty Dunn asks, "How can the union sponsor lawsuits that fight the very terms that the union proposed, negotiated and ratified during collective bargaining?" Caterpillar also alleges the UAW encouraged their retirees to file the suits. The UAW has declined to comment on Caterpillar's actions. You can bet the automakers will be keeping an eye on how this progresses as they attempt to make similar changes in the health care coverage they provide for their thousands of retirees.
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