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Caterpillar workers to vote on contract

United Steel Workers at Caterpillar are considering a contract Tuesday that covers about 800 workers at the plant in South Milwaukee. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)

United Steel Workers are set to vote Tuesday on a proposed six-year contract with Caterpillar Inc. The contract would freeze wages and increase health care costs for employees.

The proposed agreement covers about 800 workers in South Milwaukee who, under the current contract, make about $18 to $34 per hour.

Caterpillar acquired the South Milwaukee plant in 2011 when it purchased Bucyrus International Inc., a mining equipment maker, for $8.8 billion.

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