SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Union workers are getting indefinite layoff notices at Caterpillar Inc.'s South Milwaukee plant.
The notices come just three days after members of United Steelworkers Local 1343 ratified a six-year labor contract at the mining equipment plant.
Ross Winklbauer, a Steelworkers subdistrict director, received notice of the layoffs from Local 1343 President Kevin Jaskie on Friday morning.
Winklbauer has not received any information about the number of layoffs or how long they will last but says they will go into effect on June 24.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/15491Y5) reports Caterpillar is scheduled to lay off up to 300 workers, or about 40 percent of the plant's workforce.
Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com
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