Caterpillar Inc. will start advertising Sunday for workers to replace striking employees at its plant, according to a story in the Peoria Journal Star.
The 780 workers from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have been on strike since May 1 after turning down two contract proposals.
The second offer included a $1,000 signing bonus that would remain open until Sunday, the Journal Star story said. If not ratified by then, the company stated its position will revert back to the terms of the "last, best and final offer" made April 27.
Caterpillar's world headquarters is located in Peoria.
Caterpillar has kept the Joliet facility open, using its own salaried workers to continue production at the plant.
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