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John Deere, UAW Reach Agreement, Worker Strike Ends
USAgNet - 11/19/2021

After a month of tension, debate and severe slowdowns at John Deere production and parts facilities, more than 10,000 John Deere workers will be back to work this week. Members of the United Auto Workers Union approved a new six-year deal on Wednesday, with a 61% vote of approval.

According to KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa, 39% of the members voted against the new contract. The six-year agreement includes $8,400 signing bonus, 20% increase in wages over the lifetime of the contract with 10% this year, return of cost of living adjustments, enhanced retirement options, and enhanced CIPP performance benefits.

The agreement was the third attempt since the strike started on Oct. 14.

Reports say Waterloo members voted down the new plan, with 56% voting against the new agreement. Waterloo is home to John Deere Tractor Works.

Both the Union and John Deere released statements after the vote voicing their approval of the compromise.

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