Nearly 10,000 employees of Deere & Co went on strike early Thursday after they rejected a contract offer from the farm equipment maker.
big picture: NS The proposal was worked out earlier this month in a deal between the company that makes John Deere brand tractors and the Negotiator for the United Automobile Workers (UAW) union. But 90% of union members voted against the agreement, per Reuters.
- Strikers have set up picketing at John Deere locations across America, according to a uav statement.
What are they saying: ““At John Deere, our members strike for their ability to live a decent life, retire with dignity, and establish fair work rules,” Chuck Browning, vice president and director of UAW’s Department of Agriculture Implementation, said in a statement.
- “We remain committed to bargaining until our members’ goals are achieved.”
- Deere said it remained “committed to reaching a new agreement” and “had not yet anticipated when these talks would be completed,” Reuters noted.