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Rally held for striking UAW 838 workers Saturday

Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 5:52 PM CDT
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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG) - Saturday marked 10 days since the John Deere union workers began striking.

A rally was held outside the UAW 838 chapter Saturday where attended heard from elected officials who stand in solidarity. Workers said they are fighting for better wages, working, conditions, retirement health care, and pensions.

“Understand that you are supported not just by elected officials but you are supported around this entire state and around this entire country,” Quentin Hart, Waterloo’s mayor, said.

More than 100 people showed up at Saturday’s rally. Rick Moyle, the rally’s organizer with the Hawkeye Area Labor Council, said that it’s important non-unions workers realize the impact Deere workers on strike have on the rest of the community.

“Anything that a union facility negotiates and bargains for at the table and receives whether that be wages and benefits, worker safety, the list goes on and on. That has a direct impact on the non-union person jobs and their lives as well,” Moyle said.

Deere announced on Friday that workers will keep their health care benefits while on strike.

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