Following a strike by employees, John Deere has announced that they have entered into a preliminary agreement with United Auto Workers (UAW) for a new employment contract.
While the agreement must receive approval from UAW workers to take effect, John Deere officials said in an email statement that the agreement would last six years for the union’s 10,100 production and maintenance workers at 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas. “
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The statement also noted that Deere and UAW also “reached a preliminary agreement on a new six-year employment agreement covering nearly 100 production and maintenance workers at Deere spare parts facilities in Denver and Atlanta.”
Earlier this month, UWA members left jobs at John Deere factories in several states after rejecting the agricultural equipment giant’s latest contract offer, which included 5% pay rises for some workers and 6% pay raises for others, with 3% pay rises in 2023 and 2025.
John Deere spokeswoman Jennifer Hartmann told FOX Business that while “reaching a mutually beneficial agreement with UAW” is important, the company’s immediate concern is meeting the needs of our customers working in time-sensitive and critical industries such as agriculture and construction. “
Deere workers who went on strike pointed to the company’s record profits and argued that their dedication and hard work through the COVID-19 pandemic should earn them more than what their employer brought to the table last week, where more than 90 % rejected the original provisional part.
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“Strikes are never easy for workers or their families, but John Deere workers believe they deserve a better piece of the pie, a safer workplace and adequate benefits,” UAW Region 8 Director Mitchell Smith said in a statement earlier this week. The strike.
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Fox News’ Breck Dumas contributed to this article.