MILAN — Police say a vehicle struck and killed a United Auto Workers member as he was walking to a picket line outside a John Deere plant in Illinois.
Milan, Illinois, Police Chief Shawn Johnson said the man was struck Wednesday morning near a road that leads to the John Deere Parts Distribution Center in the northwest Illinois city. Police identified him as 56-year-old Richard Rich.
UAW leadership in Detroit said that Rich had worked at the plant for 15 years.
Workers are on strike at 14 Deere factories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia.