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Caterpillar, UAW Talks End After Brief Session: The two sides met for less than half an hour before Caterpillar executives left the room. A spokesman for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said both sides made opening statements and then decided to meet with mediators to discuss procedures to be used later. He did not characterize the development as a breakdown of the talks, in Louisville, Ky. The strike involves 13,300 workers. Caterpillar, a leading maker of heavy equipment, has staffed its plants with management and new hires. The union says the strike is a protest against violations of worker rights. Caterpillar made what it said was a final contract offer nearly three years ago.

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