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Deere & Co. agrees to pay healthcare, incentive pay as UAW negotiations continue

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 2:13 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 10:17 PM CDT
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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - Deere & Co. on Friday said it will continue to provide healthcare for United Auto Workers-represented production and maintenance employees as collective bargaining negotiations continue.

In a short statement, the company said it also will provide employees with the Continuous Improvement Pay Plan (CIPP) incentives they earned before workers began to strike on Oct. 14. A union member describes this to TV6 as a bonus based on the efficiency of production and can range in price.

“John Deere’s healthcare and CIPP incentives are critical aspects of John Deere’s industry-leading wages and benefits,” the company said in the statement. “We are taking these steps to demonstrate our commitment to doing what’s right by our employees and focusing on all that we can achieve together.”

On Friday evening, TV6 spoke with a John Deere representative provided to us by Deere who has direct knowledge of the negotiations. They declined to give any specifics on exactly which issues are preventing a new agreement or if there are any issues the two sides have already agreed on. But they stressed that the company wants to reach a favorable outcome for employees and they hope Deere’s announcement will make it easier to reach a resolution.

This is a developing story. TV6 will provide updates both on-air and online.

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