John Deere workers at Iowa’s picket-line.
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John Deere workers voted Tuesday rejectThe latest tentative agreement between the union and the company was reached. Signs that indicate you are looking for a job.It is expected that the U.S. will continue its largest private-sector strike for two years.

Members were informed late Tuesday night by local affiliates of United Auto Workers that the agreement had been rejected by a margin 55 to 45. The failure of the deal will send the union’s bargaining committee back to the table with the company in an effort to secure better terms for the 10,000 workers covered by the contracts.

“The strike against John Deere and company will continue as we discuss next steps with the company,” the UAW said in a brief statement Tuesday night.

The proposalA new 6-year agreement included an immediate 10% raise followed by a 3% or 5% increase in the following years. For ratifying it, the agreement also provided an additional cost-of-living adjustment in order to maintain wages above inflation. It also gave you an $8,000.500 bonus.

These improvements were made over the earlier agreement reached by United Auto Workers with the agricultural and construction equipment maker last month. The members overwhelmingly agreed. rejectedThat proposal was rejected by an overwhelming margin of 90-10, leading to the strike on Oct. 14

Even though this deal was better than its predecessor, it wasn’t enough. A majority of workers.

Many members have demanded an end to the “two-tier” compensation system established at Deere in 1997, creating lesser health and pension benefits for new hires. They wanted to see post-1997 workers put on the same path as “legacy” employees. Contract rejectedThat system would have remained intact if Tuesday had been a day.

It has been a great success. record profitsSo far, the year is booming thanks to high commodity prices and high demands for construction and farm equipment. StrikersDeere must share more of its profits with workers, in particular at a time where high inflation has eroded wages.

Deere’s strike reflects an a broader shiftIn leverage between employers and workers, as the labor market is tight at this stage of coronavirus has made it difficult for many companies hiring. Deere workers felt it was an ideal time to quit because of the possibility that replacements might be difficult to find.

This strike marks the beginning of a Deere strike since 1986. It also represents the biggest work stoppage in a U.S. private company since General Motors’ strike in 2019.


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