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Caterpillar advertises for replacement workers in Joliet

Workers are assembling cylinders on the production line at Caterpillar hydraulic components plant in Joliet June 1. (Zbigniew Bzdak / June 11, 2012)

Workers are assembling cylinders on the production line at Caterpillar hydraulic components plant in Joliet June 1. (Zbigniew Bzdak / June 11, 2012)

A day after the deadline for its latest contract proposal passed, Caterpillar has started advertising for replacement workers to fill in for striking workers at its plant in Joliet.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represents 780 workers at Joliet who went on strike on May 1.

Caterpillar spokesman Jim Dugan says the Peoria-based company decided to look for “temporary replacement workers” because it believes it has “exhausted the negotiations process.” Dugan says hiring the workers was part of Caterpillar’s contingency plan in the event of a prolonged strike.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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