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Another Rejection of Contract Offer By Deere Employees

TNI || New Delhi || 3rd Nov 2021

The workers at Deere & Co. have rejected another contract offer which talked about a raise of 10%. They have decided to remain on strike just to secure that better deal.

The raise in the present agreement was twice as big as the offer that was made in the original contract which was rejected last month by the United Auto Workers union members.

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As per the workers, the raise and the improved benefits that have been recently shared aren’t good enough to budge them off the strike, which began on October 14.

The new agreement would have provided a ratification bonus of $8500, a pension option for new employees and would have also made workers eligible for health insurance.

The contract in question covers more than ten thousand Deere workers spread across 12 facilities in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. Although, there is a smaller group of 100 workers spread in Colorado and Georgia who has agreed to take up an identical deal. As per the union, around 55% of its members at 13 plants have voted against the present offer.

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Last month, a proposed contract was already rejected by 90% of union members. According to Marc A. Howze, Deere’s Chief Administrative Officer, through this contract, the company would have invested around $3.5 billion in its employees and to the extended communities.

The investment, as per him, was right for Deere, its employees and everyone involved. The rejection of the offer will mean that the biggest strike since 1986 will continue at the agriculture and construction equipment manufacturer.

The sales, however, continue to remain strong, with Deer predicting record profits this year to the tune of $5.9 billion.