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Caterpillar sues UAW over retiree health benefits suits

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Caterpillar Inc. has filed lawsuits to force the United Auto Workers (UAW) to pay for health care for retirees as agreed in union-negotiated contracts. Caterpillar says the UAW is backing two class-action lawsuits seeking free lifetime coverage for retirees and spouses, which the company says violates collective-bargaining agreements.

Tens of millions of dollars are at stake for Peoria-based Caterpillar, which expects the courts to side with the company. Agreements negotiated between 1992 and 1998 scaled back prior health care plans that provided lifetime coverage to employees and their dependents.

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