John Deere strike ends as unionized workers return to work

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What the UAW had called “minor changes” in Deere & Company’s third proposal were apparently enough to persuade more than 10,000 striking union members to agree to the deal. After voting 61% to 39% in favor of ratification, union members began going to work, ending the five-week strike.

The six-year deal includes a signing bonus of $ 8,500, a 20% salary increase over the term of the contract, with 10% of that increase occurring this year, a return to cost of living adjustments and three lump sum payments of 3%. Union members also received enhanced retirement options and additional increases in Deere’s incentive compensation plan.

“The courageous will of our members to strike in order to achieve a better standard of living and a more secure retirement has resulted in a groundbreaking contract and sets a new standard for workers not only within the UAW but across the country. country, “said Chuck Browning, vice president. UAW and Director of the UAW Agricultural Tools Department. “They have started a movement for the workers of this country because of what has been achieved here today, and they have won the admiration and respect of all those who fight for what is fair and just in the place of job. “

“I am delighted that our highly skilled employees are back on the job creating and supporting the cutting edge products that make our customers more profitable and sustainable,” said John C. May, President and CEO of Deere. “The success of John Deere depends on the success of our people. Through our new collective agreements, we are giving employees the opportunity to earn wages and benefits that are the best in our industries and that are revolutionary in many ways. We are confident that, in return, our employees will find new and better ways to improve our competitiveness and transform the way our clients do their jobs. Together, our future is bright. “

Support for the revised contract varied by plant. At Deere’s Dubuque Works, UAW members voted 68% in favor. Support was even stronger at Davenport Works, where 77% of members voted yes. But at UAW Local 838 in Waterloo, Iowa, 56% voted against ratification.

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