Deere, UAW reach tentative pact; strike continues for now

Deere, UAW reach tentative pact; strike continues for now
Farm equipment manufacturer Deere & Co. reached a tentative labor agreement Saturday with the United Auto Workers union

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 continueand details of the proposed contract will not be releasedwhile 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 アイオワ イリノイ そして カンザス

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. The pact also called for 3% raises in 2023 そして 2025.

After the first deal was rejected, UAW “negotiators focused on improving the areas of concern identified by our members,’’ said Chuck Browning, director of the union’s farm equipment department.

アメリカ. economy’s unexpectedly strong rebound from last year’s brief but intense coronavirus recession has created labor shortagesand handed workers more leverage to demand higher pay and better benefits.

The contract talks come as strong sales this year helped Moline, Illinois-based Deere report $4.7 billion net income for the first nine months of its fiscal year, which was more than double the $2 billion it reported a year ago.

The company is expecting to earn more than $5.7 billion this fiscal year.

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