Deere workers prepare for strike after rejecting contract

Deere workers prepare for strike after rejecting contract
This conference includes replica John Deere Dealer fair displays, a large vendor hall of parts and collectables, and workshops covering restoration of antique John Deere tractors and implements, collections, and more. (The Back Road Photographer via Flickr)
October 13th, 2021 | Associated Press

More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers appear ready to go on strike if negotiators can’t deliver a new agreement by the end of the day.

The United Auto Workers union has said its members would walk off the job if no deal has been reached by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

The vast majority of the union rejected a contract offer earlier this week that would have delivered at least 5% raises.

Thirty-five years have passed since the last major Deere strike, but workers are emboldened to demand more this year after working long hours throughout the pandemic and because companies are facing worker shortages.

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