Thusday, Le Washington Post reported that farm equipment maker John Deere, facing a massive strike by the United Auto Workers over a contract dispute, has brought in non-union workers to run their factories – but according to a new report on Friday they almost immediately suffered an industrial accident in one of their factories.
“The strike includes more than 10,000 workers at 14 Deere factories, including seven in Iowa, four in Illinois and one in Kansas, Colorado and Georgia,” Aaron Gregg of the Washington Post reported. “The company has activated a business continuity plan that will use non-unionized employees to maintain operations. “Our immediate concern is to meet the needs of our customers, who work in critical and time-sensitive industries such as agriculture and construction,” said Hartmann.
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But on Friday, Labor Notes’s Jonah Furman reported a report of an incident on the floor of a factory, in which a non-union salaried worker crushed a tractor at a utility station and severely damaged an electrical box.
As the Poster noted, the UAW strike action is one of many across the country, as workers return from the pandemic: “Thousands of people have gone on strike at food factories operated by Kellogg’s, Nabisco and Frito-Lay regarding hours of work, compensation and benefits. more than 24,000 Kaiser Permanente workers have authorized a strike against a new two-tier pay and benefits system opposed by the union. And Hollywood production workers announced plans to strike on Monday in an effort to improve wages and working conditions.