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Strike Begins Against Deere

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outside the John Deere Cylinder Works in Moline

For the first time in 35 years, workers for John Deere have gone on strike. Members of the UAW set up picket lines early Thursday morning after negotiators Wednesday failed to agree on a new contract.

The strike affects 10,000 workers at 14 Deere facilities across the country.

Last weekend, union members overwhelmingly rejected a possible contract that included an hourly wage hike totaling $1.20 over six years. They say that's not enough at a time when Deere is earning record profits.

A union spokesman says they're holding out for "the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity, and to establish fair work rules."

A statement from the company says, "We will keep working day and night to understand our employees' priorities and resolve this strike, while also keeping our operations running for the benefit of all those we serve."