Deere strike affected 90% of workers spread across 14 plants
Deere & Company and union representatives have been on strike since Thursday for the company’s 10,000-plus employees, represented by United Auto Workers.
Contacts last night in Deere told Granthshala Business Wednesday evening that talks are still ongoing and they hope to reach an agreement. United Auto Workers told Granthshala Business there was no update, and reiterated the strike deadline of 11:59 p.m.
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On Monday, more than 90% of workers spread across 14 plants across the U.S. rejected Deere’s proposal to increase retirement benefits for existing workers as well as 5% for some workers and 6% for others. will increase.
Several Deere & Company employees in Iowa told the Des Moines Register that their managers told them not to report for their shifts on Wednesday.
The farm equipment maker, based in Molin, Illinois, hasn’t seen workers strike for 35 years. But with labor shortage and deer across the country record profitsThe workers feel that the time has come to stand up and demand more.
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“The whole country will be watching us,” Deere employee Chris Lawerson told the newspaper. “If we take a stand here for ourselves, for our families, for basic human prosperity, it’s going to make a difference for the entire manufacturing industry. Let’s do it. Let’s not be intimidated.”