Caterpillar has begun advertising for replacement workers at its Joliet plant, where 780 employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers went on strike May 1. Workers have twice rejected contract proposals, offers that the Chicago Tribune reported would keep wages static, double health care premiums, and take away pensions. Catepillar began advertising for the workers' jobs on Sunday.
Peoria-based Caterpillar has been in the state political spotlight in the last year. The company told Gov. Pat Quinn that last year's temporary corporate income tax increase makes Illinois a bad place to do business.