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Deere UAW Tentative Agreement

Just hours after announcing a contract extension, John Deere and the UAW have announced a tentative agreement. Early Friday afternoon, they said no details will be released until after the ratification votes by union members on October 10th.

But, the UAW would say the proposed new national contract includes what it calls "significant gains" for workers.

A company spokesman says it includes "significant economic gains" and "continues to provide the highest quality health care benefits in the industry."

Negotiations began in August and the new agreement covers ten thousand employees at twelve Deere facilities at Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas. The company and union have also reached a tentative agreement for nearly 100 production and maintenance employees at Deere parts facilities in Denver and Atlanta.

The current six year contract was originally scheduled to expire Friday.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.