Union members continue strike at Cat's Joliet plant

By WEEK Producer

May 1, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:21 AM CDT

JOLIET, Ill. -- Hundreds of Caterpillar employees have hit the picket lines after rejecting a contract agreement before the midnight deadline.     

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers took to the picket lines after voting down the latest contract offer Sunday.
    
The union said the 6-year deal included no pay increases and asked some workers to pay double for healthcare. This, workers say, is especially unfair given Caterpillar's nearly 30 percent jump in first quarter profits.
    
Caterpillar said the Joliet plant will continue production while the nearly 800 machinist union members are on strike.  The company issued this response to Tuesday's strike, saying "The company was prepared for this situation. Our principle mission is to serve our customers under any circumstances."