John Deere and United Auto Workers Union enter into preliminary agreement after two weeks strike

“Our UAW John Deere National Negotiation Team returned to our local members after the previous preliminary agreement and reviewed the concerns and priorities for membership,” said Ray Curry, president of the UAW. Workers went on strike on October 14 after 90% of union members rejected the first preliminary agreement.

This second interim agreement “includes increased financial gains and continues to provide the highest quality healthcare in the industry,” the UAW said in a statement.
The main problems centered on compensation and justice for different workers with different pension schemes, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.
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“The dealers focused on improving the areas of concern that our members identified during our recent ratification process,” said Chuck Browning, vice president of UAW.

The new six-year agreement will cover 10,100 employees in 12 factories – as well as 100 more workers in two-part facilities, John Deere said in a statement on Saturday.

Members will remain on strike until they vote on this new agreement.


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