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Deere workers on strike vote on Wednesday on third contract offer

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MOLINE, Ill. (AP) – More than 10,000 outstanding Deere & Co. voted on Wednesday on a new contract offer from the tractor manufacturer, but this Tuesday deal is very similar to a contract that 55% of workers are rejected two weeks ago.

The latest proposed contract maintains the 10% immediate increase that the final deal offered, and it makes what the United Auto Workers union calls modest changes to program details. Deere’s internal incentive pay scheme for employees.

After the final vote on November 2, Deere . officials tell the union didn’t expect the company to offer any more money, and Deere largely stuck to that promise in this latest offer.

In addition to the initial increase, this week’s offer keep 5% increase that is in the third and fifth years of the six-year agreement and a one-time 3% payment in the second, fourth and sixth years of the agreement. The proposal would also provide an $8,500 approval bonus, maintain a pension option for new employees, help workers qualify for health insurance sooner, and maintain zero-fee health coverage. their insurance.

The contract includes 12 plants in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas that produce the company’s iconic green John Deere farm and construction equipment.

What Moline, Illinois-based Deere has done in this latest offer, which it’s calling the final offer, is tweak the complex formula it uses to determine which workers get bonuses. based on whether their team is meeting certain productivity goals. The changes to the formula could make it easier for workers to qualify for incentive pay, but there are some Deere workers who don’t qualify for bonuses based on the work they do in the company’s factories and warehouses. company.

The workers went on strike 14, Deere waited even longer, the company had predicted that it would report record annual profits of between $5.7 billion and $5.9 billion when it released its earnings report. me at the end of this month. Initially, more than 90% of workers rejected Deere’s initial offer, but the second vote was much closer after the company essentially doubled the increase it offered.

Deere workers endured increasingly colder temperatures along the hotlines while trying to get the union’s $275 in weekly strike pay or by finding another job.

Company officials say they are using salaried employees and other workers to try to keep the factory running during the strike. Other Deere factories globally are also working to get the job done.

However, Deere workers – and other unions – have been encouraged to ask for more this year because of ongoing worker shortages and because workers don’t always feel appreciated for doing so. long hours during the pandemic.

Another group of workers represented by the UAW went on strike earlier this year at a Volvo Trucks plant in Virginia and received higher pay and lower cost health benefits after turning down three tentative contract offers. Currently, about 1,400 workers of Kellogg has been on strike since the beginning of last month at the company’s four U.S. grain plants.

https://wgntv.com/news/striking-deere-workers-vote-wednesday-on-3rd-contract-offer/ | Deere workers on strike vote on Wednesday on third contract offer

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