Deere & Co. Workers Declare Strike

by Sloan T. Wilson, The Chicago Times

October 14, 2021

MOLINE, IL — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. employees went on strike Thursday after the company allegedly “failed to present an agreement that met” union members’ expectations and needs.

The United Auto Workers union warned its members, who want a better standard of living, retirement benefits, and a better work environment, will walk off the job Oct. 13 at 11:59 p.m. if a settlement was not struck.

However, a large majority of union members, over 90%, rejected a tentative agreement struck by the union and John Deere earlier this week, despite the fact that it would have provided 5% raises to certain workers and 6% rises to others.

Local leaders are concerned about the walkout, which affects approximately 14 Deere operations across the United States.  The Deere manufacturing factories are key contributors to the local economy, so officials hope any strike is brief.

There was no comment from Deere & Co. officials if strikebreakers would be called to take up the slack or as an attempt to oust the UAW from Deere & Co.