6/9/2008

The Peoria (Ill.) Journal-Star reports that a total smoking ban at Caterpillar Inc. appears to apply only in states where indoor smoking is prohibited by law. According to union officials, Caterpillar is not enforcing the ban at a plant in York, Pa., because of its national collective bargaining agreement with the UAW. "The company at first said it was going to apply the ban to us on June 1, but I told them we think the contract takes precedence since the state hasn't banned it," said Luke Kahler, president of the UAW Local 786 in York.

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