Contract negotiated, employees and union don't appear to be satisfied as a law suit is filed.  BD

Caterpillar Inc. filed lawsuits Wednesday to make the United Auto Workers pay if courts rule that the heavy equipment maker reneged on a promise to provide free health care for life to retirees and surviving spouses.

Peoria-based Caterpillar argues that the union negotiated and approved contracts that scaled back health care coverage, but is now backing two class-action lawsuits seeking lifetime coverage for thousands of retirees and surviving spouses.

"How can the union sponsor lawsuits that fight the very terms that the union proposed, negotiated and ratified during collective bargaining? That's the question," Caterpillar spokesman Rusty Dunn said.

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