Dubuque Union Leader Hopeful John Deere Employees Will Return to Work

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - John Deere announced Thursday the company is laying off 65 employees at the Dubuque Works plant. Those layoffs start June 24th.

Deere and Company recently reported strong business overall. But construction and forestry equipment sales were less than Deere expected.

Many of those 65 workers are members of the United Auto Workers Union.

U.A.W Local 94 President Dan White said, "John Deere handled the situation very well. We're hopeful."

White says the company invests a lot of time and money hiring each new employee. White says if there comes a time for John Deere to hire workers, White believes the laid off workers will be the first John Deere considers for re-hire.

John Deere labeled these lay-offs as indefinite.

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