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John Deere employees ratify agreement, end strike

On Nov. 17, John Deere production and maintenance workers under the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) ended their month-long strike over wages and benefits by ratifying a new six-year collective bargaining agreement.

According to the UAW, 61% of its workers at 14 U.S. John Deere manufacturing facilities voted in favor of the new agreement, which includes an $8,500 signing bonus, a 20% increase in wages over the lifetime of the contract with 10% this year; return of cost of living adjustments; three 3% lump sum payments; enhanced options for retirement and enhanced performance benefits. Healthcare remains the same for the life of the agreement.

The agreement covers more than 10,000 workers at 14 John Deere plants.

The strike caused shortages of new equipment and replacement parts, and Deere had stopped taking orders for some of its tractor models. According to published reports, replacement part shortage resulted in on-farm delays for producers needing repairs on their equipment.

For more information about the agreement, visit https://one.deere.com/Pages/home.aspx.