UAW workers go on strike

John Deere union workers are on strike Thursday morning.
John Deere union workers are on strike Thursday morning.
Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 6:39 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - UAW workers in Ottumwa are going on strike. That’s according to a Facebook post on the union’s page. It also posted a letter from union leaders saying UAW members strike for an improved standard of living, retirement benefits, and a better work environment.

It goes to say workers would strike after the company failed to present an agreement that met our members’ demands and needs.

“Our members at John Deere strike for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules,” said Chuck Browning, Vice President and Director of the UAW’s Agricultural Implement Department. “We stay committed to bargaining until our members’ goals are achieved.”

The letter goes on to say over 10,000 members at John Deere locations set up pickets.

KYOU received this statement from John Deere.

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) has called a strike against Deere & Company (NYSE: DE), affecting more than 10,000 workers at 14 facilities across the United States.

“John Deere is committed to a favorable outcome for our employees, our communities, and everyone involved,” said Brad Morris, vice president of labor relations for Deere & Company. “We are determined to reach an agreement with the UAW that would put every employee in a better economic position and continue to make them the highest-paid employees in the agriculture and construction industries. We will keep working day and night to understand our employees’ priorities and resolve this strike, while also keeping our operations running for the benefit of all those we serve.”

Deere & Company does not currently have an estimate of when employees affected by the strike will resume activities or the timing for completion of negotiations with the UAW.

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