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Deere, union reach tentative agreement Friday

Deere & Company
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Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 2:17 PM CDT
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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - Deere & Co. and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America have reached a tentative agreement on a new six-year labor agreement, the company said in a media release.

The contract will cover approximately 10,100 production and maintenance employees at 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas, according to the release.

Deere and the UAW have also reached a tentative agreement on a new six-year labor agreement covering nearly 100 production and maintenance employees at Deere parts facilities in Denver and Atlanta.

“After six weeks of negotiations, John Deere and the UAW have reached a tentative agreement that honors the enormous contributions of John Deere’s production and maintenance employees and builds a strong foundation for our shared success in the future,” Brad Morris, vice president of labor relations for Deere & Company, said. “Through this agreement, John Deere reinforces our longstanding commitment to provide employees the opportunities to earn the best wages and most comprehensive benefits in the agriculture and construction industries.

Deere production and maintenance employees will have time to review the terms of the tentative agreement before a ratification vote. All Deere operations will continue as scheduled, according to the release.

UAW Local 281 said in a Facebook post that an Oct. 10 ratification vote is still scheduled as of Friday.

Deere and the union voted early Friday to extend the contract as they continued to negotiate.

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