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Milton CAT workers on strike demanding equal pay

Milton CAT workers in Syracuse are still on the picket line after walking off the job.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Milton CAT workers in Syracuse are still on the picket line after walking off the job on Tuesday.

They’re fighting for equal paying, with some saying others doing their job within the company are being paid more.

The workers rejected the company’s last contract offer this week. The Local 158 President Terry Hogle says they’re missing out on thousands of dollars every year, while other mechanics at Milton CAT locations in Upstate New York are receiving larger paychecks for the same work.

“As far as we know, the billing rate for the Albany, the Rochester and the Binghamton stores is the same but they're paying these workers less so we don't feel that's fair,” Hogle said.

The mechanics at Milton CAT assemble new heavy duty construction equipment and provide maintenance services.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner visited picketers on Thursday morning. She said the workers on strike are a vital part of the community.

"In times like this, it's important to support working men and women who are working very hard to support our economy,” Miner said.

They say that until they get equal pay, they will continue to walk the picket line.

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