Deere, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement

Deere & Co. and International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, have reached a tentative agreement on a new six-year contract.

An Oct. 10 ratification vote is planned, according to a post on UAW Union 281’s Facebook page.

“After six weeks of negotiations, John Deere and the UAW have reached a tentative agreement that honors the enormous contributions of John Deere’s production and maintenance employees and builds a strong foundation for our shared success in the future,” said Brad Morris, vice president of labor relations for Deere.

The current contract expired early Friday morning, but a 14-day contract extension was approved overnight, allowing operations to continue as scheduled as negotiations went on.

The union previously approved a strike authorization, and Local 281 reminded its members last week that a strike-duty roster was in circulation.

Source: Des Moines Register