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Deere Contract Offer Rejected

John Deere

After rejecting a possible contract with the company, the UAW has set a strike deadline for Wednesday at midnight.

Union Vice President Chuck Browning says the tentative agreement announced on October 1st with John Deere was rejected by a majority of workers who voted over the weekend. And the UAW's negotiating team was ordered to report to Quad Cities on Monday.

Following the rejection, the company released a statement from Brad Morris, Vice President of Labor Relations saying the tentative agreement included provisions "that would have made the best wages and most comprehensive benefits in our industries significantly better for our employees"

The Associated Press reports the rejected contract includes five and six per cent wage hikes for workers, depending on their positions. With three per cent raises in 2023 and 2025.

Operations at Deere facilities will continue as normal for now.

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.