Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of earth-moving equipment, has given some 13,000 striking employees an ultimatum of returning to work, thus ending a 5-month-old strike, or having their jobs awarded to other workers. The company began advertising for new employees this week. Several hundred striking workers have crossed sharply beefed-up United Auto Workers picket lines intended to discourage more of its members from crossing. Strike leaders and some in the media say the ultimatum could be a milestone tactic affecting many other labor negotiations this decade.
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