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Deere workers would get immediate 10% raises under new offer

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Members of the United Auto Workers strike outside of a John Deere plant, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Ankeny, Iowa.

Updated Sunday 11:00 p.m. 

MOLINE — Union workers at farm-equipment maker Deere & Co. would get wage increases of 10% if they ratify a tentative contract reached over the weekend. The upfront pay would be followed by 5% raises in the third and fifth years of the tentative contract.

Terms of the deal were posted Sunday on the United Auto Workers website.

The agreement next goes to a vote of union members.

The deal would cover more than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.


Saturday p.m. post

MOLINE – Farm equipment manufacturer Deere & Co. reached a tentative labor agreement Saturday with the United Auto Workers union.  But a UAW strike that began Oct. 14 will continue — and details of the proposed contract will not be released — while workers study the terms of the agreement in advance of a vote.

The pact would cover more than 10,000 production and maintenance workers at 12 Deere sites in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas.

 The strike began after UAW workers overwhelmingly rejected an initial proposed contract that would have delivered immediate 5% raises for some workers and 6% for others depending on their positions at Deere factories.

 

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