Deere, UAW agree on new 6-year contract topic to union vote By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Striking members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) picket line at Deere & Co agricultural machinery plant ahead of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s visit to Ankeny, Iowa, October 20, 2021. REUTERS / Scott Morgan

(Reuters) – US tractor manufacturer Deere (NYSE 🙂 & Co has reached a new six-year contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, which the company’s striking workers will have to vote on, the company said in a statement on Saturday.

The new employee wages and benefits agreement includes approximately 10,100 employees in 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.

“The negotiators focused on improving the problem areas identified by our members during our most recent ratification process,” said Chuck Browning, UAW vice president and director of the farm equipment division.

The UAW said it would not release details of the tentative agreement until members meet at Deere’s locations and review the terms of their proposed contract.

“Out of respect for the process and our employees, we cannot talk about the details of the agreement,” the company said.

About 90% of union members rejected an earlier preliminary agreement between Deere and the UAW in early October and then decided to go on strike.

The strike, the first UAW strike against Deere in more than three decades, takes place in the middle of the U.S. corn and soybean harvest season, at a time when farmers are struggling to find spare parts for tractors and combine harvesters.

The UAW’s last strike against Deere was in 1986, when workers were suspended for 163 days.

(This story corrects the number of employees, facilities in paragraph two)

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