Union workers have rejected Caterpillar's latest contract offer and walked off the job at the company's Joliet plant. Workers with picket signs lined up outside the plant early today. The contract expired at midnight for about 800 workers. The union members are asking for better wages and health care. The Caterpillar employees are members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Those union members voted against a contract offer Sunday, and talks between the union and Caterpillar broke down late yesterday. A spokesman for Peoria-based Caterpillar says the strike won't disrupt production.
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