TNI || New Delhi || 15th Oct 2021
More than 10000 employees of Deere & Co. have launched a strike across 14 facilities in the United States.
The strike comes after a contract between the company, and the union leadership was overwhelmingly rejected.
Chuck Browning, VP, and Director of the UAW’s Agricultural Implement department said that the members of John Deere have gone into a strike as they want to earn a decent living, retire with their head held high and establish fair rules at the workplace.
He added that they stay committed to bargaining till the time the members’ goals are achieved. Brad Morris, labor relations VP at Deere says that the company is committed to achieving a favorable outcome for its employees, communities, and everyone involved.
He further said that they will keep working day and night to understand the priorities of the employees and look forward to resolving the strike, and at the same time keep the operations moving for the benefit of everyone whom they serve.
The company doesn’t have an estimate of how long the strike would last. As per UAW, a tentative agreement negotiated with John Deere was rejected by 90% of the workers.
The complaint of workers also states that the proposed salary hikes have been insufficient given the fact that the company registered a profit of $1.7 billion in the quarter which has gone by.
This development is the latest in the USA, just after another incidence of 1500 workers from Kellogg going on strike.