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Deere workers set to go on strike as UAW fails to reach deal


Oct 13 (Reuters) – Thousands of Deere & Co (DE.N) workers had been set to go on strike, days after overwhelmingly rejecting a six-year labor contract that was agreed on by United Auto Workers negotiators and the tractor maker.

Earlier this month, the world’s largest farm tools maker and the UAW reached an settlement after weeks of negotiation on wages and different advantages, however 90% of the union’s workers voted in opposition to the deal. learn extra

The tentative deal coated about 10,000 manufacturing and upkeep staff throughout 14 amenities within the United States.

Negotiators from the union returned to the bargaining desk on Monday to thrash out a brand new deal, however haven’t reached a brand new settlement but. A strike deadline of 23:59 CT on Wednesday (0459 on Thursday GMT) was set by the union.

The now-rejected provide would have given 5% wage hikes for some workers and 6% for some others. The proposed deal had additionally referred to as for 3% raises in 2023 and 2025.

The workers perceive that that they had to make concessions on some advantages prior to now and now they need to get a few of it again at a time when Deere is doing “very well financially” and labor shortages persist industry-wide, a supply accustomed to the talks informed Reuters.

Deere, which has about 27,500 staff within the United States and Canada, had earlier stated its operations would proceed as regular.

A doable strike might, nonetheless, price Deere days of manufacturing at a time when it’s coping with provide challenges and inflationary pressures.

The final strike in opposition to Deere by the UAW was in 1986 when workers sat out for 163 days.

The firm is anticipated to report full-year outcomes late November. It has forecast report internet revenue of $5.7 billion to $5.9 billion.

Reporting by Abhijith Ganapavaram in Bengaluru; Editing by Sweta Singh and Maju Samuel

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The leaping deer trademark logo is seen on a sign outside a John Deere dealership in Taylor, Texas, U.S., February 16, 2017. Picture taken February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed

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