Deere contract voted down

Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 8:58 PM CDT
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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG) - Union workers returned to the ballot box Tuesday to reject the contract proposal pieced together by negotiators and Deere & Co. officials. The results are as followed:

Local 838 results: Yes: 29%, No: 71%.

National results: Yes: 45%, No: 55%.

John Deere said this in response to the results:

“Through the agreements reached with the UAW, John Deere would have invested an additional $3.5 billion in our employees, and by extension, our communities, to significantly enhance wages and benefits that were already the best and most comprehensive in our industries,” said Marc A. Howze, Group President, Lifecycle Solutions and Chief Administrative Officer for Deere. “This investment was the right one for Deere, our employees, and everyone we serve together. Even though it would have created greater competitive challenges within our industries, we had faith in our employees’ ability to sharpen our competitive edge. With the rejection of the agreement covering our Midwest facilities, we will execute the next phase of our Customer Service Continuation Plan.”

Union members have been on strike for more than two weeks after the two sides failed to reach an agreement by the strike deadline. They are instructed to report to strike duty as normal on Wednesday.

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