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Deere employees reject contract offer,
will stay on strike

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Posted By: AltaD, 11/3/2021 8:37:31 AM

Most workers at Deere & Co. rejected a contract offer Tuesday that would have given them 10% raises and decided to remain on strike in the hopes of securing a better deal. The raises in the new agreement reached over the weekend were twice as big as the ones in the original offer United Auto Workers union members rejected last month, but those raises and improved benefits weren’t enough to end the strike that began on Oct. 14. The new agreement also would have provided an $8,500 ratification bonus, preserved a pension option for new employees, made workers eligible for health insurance sooner and maintained their no-premium health insurance coverage.


What more do they want?!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Californian 11/3/2021 8:41:49 AM (No. 965630)
Real world inflation is above 10% They don't want to fall behind. Anyone with a calculator and half a brain could have seen this coming.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jean123 11/3/2021 8:46:23 AM (No. 965637)
Anyone with half a brain can see more automation coming too!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney 11/3/2021 9:00:12 AM (No. 965656)
The unions are meeting the reality that the businesses do not have the money to pay their demands.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Californian 11/3/2021 9:46:41 AM (No. 965732)
Automation or not, I don't blame them for wanting to keep up with inflation. Anyone would. Can the company afford it? If they pass their higher labor costs on. Which means farms pay more for new equipment. Which means consumers pay more for food. And more inflation for everyone. They didn't create the inflation mess but their response to it is perfectly rational. People react to their environment. Saying the workers should suck it up is no different than when the left raises taxes and expects to have no slow down on growth.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: czechlist 11/3/2021 9:59:59 AM (No. 965741)
I was on a company contract negotiating team. The union would make a demand and we would counter. Then we would play a back and forth game to make it look like good faith to the represented employees. All the while we would gradually raise the signing bonus knowing the rank and file would settle for an immediate payment rather than a larger long term % wage increase.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Venturer 11/3/2021 10:09:50 AM (No. 965751)
Sounds to me like hey turned down a pretty good deal.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: kewmac 11/3/2021 10:12:57 AM (No. 965754)
I am betting more production is moved overseas.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: laurenc 11/3/2021 10:19:11 AM (No. 965764)
Attention John Deere Management: Mexico is lovely this time of year.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: swarfer 11/3/2021 11:08:36 AM (No. 965813)
$8500 ratification bonus - outrageous! That’s extortion not negotiation. This is exactly why millions of manufacturing jobs went overseas and will never come back.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: AltaD 11/3/2021 11:08:54 AM (No. 965816)
$22.13 - $33.05 an hour and no-premium health insurance sounds pretty good to me (especially the health benefit part of the deal).
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Reply 11 - Posted by: ChattyCatsSusan 11/3/2021 2:20:40 PM (No. 966098)
They should consider themselves lucky to get this kind of contract offer. Don't bite the hand so hard that you wind up with nothing strikers.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 11/3/2021 2:23:14 PM (No. 966100)
Lived in Waterloo, Iowa for 12 years! Deere workers on strike is a regular deal no matter what the company offers! It’s hunting season after all!
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