John Deere enters into agreement with union after strike

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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John Deere tractors. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg / Universal Images Group via Getty Images) (Jeffrey Greenberg / Universal Images Group / Getty Images)


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.

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DAVENPORT, IOWA – OCTOBER 15: Strike workers’ strike outside the John Deere Davenport Works facility on October 15, 2021 in Davenport, Iowa. More than 10,000 John Deere employees, represented by the UAW, left the job yesterday after failing (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

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.

DAVENPORT, IOWA – OCTOBER 15: By truck, a piece of John Deere equipment from the factory pulls past workers striking outside the John Deere Davenport Works facility on October 15, 2021 in Davenport, Iowa. More than 10,000 John Deere employees, rep (Scott Olson / Getty Images / Getty Images)


“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.

For more information on the strike, click here.

Fox News’ Breck Dumas contributed to this article.

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