The strike covered over 10K in 14 production plants
More than 10,000 Deer & Company employees went on strike on Thursday after the company allegedly “failed to present a settlement” to meet the demands and needs of union members.
The United Auto Workers union said its members – who are demanding better living standards, retirement benefits and a better work environment – would be out of work by 11:59 p.m. on October 13 if no agreement was reached.
However, a majority of union members, about 90%, rejected a tentative agreement reached earlier this week by the union and John Deere, even though it would have raised some workers by 5% and others by 6%.
“At John Deere, our members strike for their ability to live a decent life, retire with honor, and establish fair work rules,” said Chuck Browning, UAW’s vice president of agricultural implementation. “We remain committed to bargaining until our members’ goals are achieved.”
UAW Region 4 Director Ron McInroy said, “Thousands of members have already installed pickets at John Deere locations and are “ready to go and fight for a contract that they believe meets their needs.” ”
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Meanwhile, Brad Morris, Deere & Company’s vice president of labor relations, said the company remains committed to a favorable outcome for our employees, our communities and everyone involved.
Morris said the company wants to reach an agreement “that will place every worker in a better economic position and continue to make them the highest-paid workers in the agriculture and construction industries.”
Strike looms as John Deere, UAW can’t reach deal
The strike, which involves about 14 Deere plants across the United States, has drawn concerns from local officials.
Deere production plants are a significant contributor to the economy, so local officials expect any strike to be short-lived.
“We certainly want to see our economy stabilize and grow after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Molin Mayor Sangeeta Rayapati told the Quad-Cities Times. “Hopefully these parties can come to a resolution soon.”