© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of the Union of Auto Workers (UAW) strike at the Deere & Co farm equipment plant prior to a visit by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Ankeny, Iowa, U.S. October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Scott Morgan
(Reuters) – US tractor maker Deere (NYSE: & Co) said in a statement that the company has agreed a new six-year contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union that will be voted on by the company’s striking workers. in a. Saturday.
The new wage and employee benefits deal covers approximately 10,100 employees across 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.
“Negotiators focused on improving the areas of concern that our members identified during the recent certification process,” said Chuck Browning, UAW Vice President and Director of Agricultural Implementation.
The UAW said it will not release details of the initial agreement until members meet at Deere locations and review the terms of their proposed contract.
“Out of respect for the process and our employees, we cannot talk about the details of the agreement,” the company said.
About 90% of union members in early October rejected an earlier interim deal agreed between Deere and the UAW, and then decided to go on strike.
The strike is the first against Deere by the UAW in more than three decades and comes in the middle of the US corn and soybean harvest, at a time when farmers struggle to find parts for tractors and combines.
The last strike against Deere by the UAW was in 1986 when workers sat for 163 days.
(This story corrects the number of employees, facilities in the second paragraph)
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