John Deere worker speaks out after week-long strike

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 10:59 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - After a week of going on strike, United Auto Workers can still be found picketing along the perimeter of the John Deere plant in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Picketers shared with KYOU that they received a permit from the city to set up a tent on gate three of the truck entrance.

Chris Laursen, one of the workers on strike, says the intent is to relay a specific message. ”It’s to show a clear message to John Deere that we’re embedded, we’re entrenched, and we’re ready for the long haul. “

Laursen goes on to say different businesses and people in the community have stopped by to deliver food daily to show their support. He says that they are overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised by all the kindness they have received.

In a press release from the bargaining committee issued earlier this week it said “The bargaining committee continues to address the concerns of its membership with the company. We would like to thank our communities and members for their continued support.”

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