Deere & Co. Workers Begin to Strike
USAgNet - 10/14/2021
More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike Thursday at midnight after “the company failed to present an agreement that met our members’ demands and needs,” the United Auto Workers union said in statement.
The Associated Press reports that the union had said its members would walk off the job if no deal has been reached by 11:59 p.m.
The vast majority of the union rejected a contract offer earlier this week that would have delivered 5% raises to some workers and 6% raises to others.
UAW President Ray Curry said, “The almost one million UAW retirees and active members who stand in solidarity with the striking UAW members at John Deere.”
Thirty-five years have passed since the last major Deere strike, but workers were emboldened to demand more this year after working long hours throughout the pandemic and because companies are facing worker shortages.
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