UAW, Caterpillar workers sue for the right to smoke

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Caterpillar Inc., claiming the company has no right to ban smoking without negotiating the terms in collective bargaining.

Peoria-based Caterpillar banned smoking in all its U.S. facilities effective June 1, following the January implementation of the Smoke Free Illinois Act.

The UAW said smoking has been a “contractual privilege” for 60 years.

It remains to be seen whether the National Labor Relations Board considers the contractual privilege to smoke at work as sacred as the UAW does.  

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