10,000 John Deere workers strike over contract

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Nearly 10,000 employees of Deere & Co went on strike early Thursday after they rejected a contract offer from the farm equipment maker.

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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.


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