UAW votes down contract extension with Deere & Co., strike continues

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – United Auto Workers union members voted not to accept a contract agreement with Deere & Co. Tuesday, and continued their strike against the company.

According to a post from UAW Local 281 on Facebook, 55 percent of all UAW members involved voted “no” to the agreement.

In a release, Deere & Co. stated.

“Through the agreements entered into with the UAW, John Deere would have invested an additional $ 3.5 billion in our employees and, by extension, our communities to significantly improve wages and benefits, which were already the best and most comprehensive in our industries. This investment was the right for Deere, our employees and everyone we serve together.While it would have created greater competitive challenges in our industries, we believed in our employees’ ability to sharpen our competitive advantage.With the rejection of the agreement covering our Midwest facilities, we will execute the next phase of our Customer Service Continuation Plan. “

The company and the union confirmed on Saturday that they had reached a preliminary agreement on a new six-year agreement.

The contract will cover approximately 10,100 manufacturing and maintenance workers at 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.

They also reached a preliminary agreement on a new six-year employment agreement covering nearly 100 production and maintenance workers at Deere spare parts facilities in Denver and Atlanta.

According to documents released by the union, the proposed contract included general wage increases starting at 10% for the first year. No changes were made to health insurance costs.

According to the documents, the agreement also included a pension bonus for those who have worked at Deere & Co. for 10 years or more. Union workers working between the ages of 10 and 24 will receive a $ 37,500 bonus, while those working over the age of 25 will receive $ 50,000, according to the document.

On October 10, the union rejected a proposed six-year agreement. The union went on strike on October 14 and has been on strike ever since.

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