Negotiations are at the end of the line between Deere & Co. and union representatives as 10,000 of the company’s workers represented by United Auto Workers appear ready to strike at midnight on Wednesday.
Contacts at Deere told FOX Business Wednesday evening that talks are still ongoing and they hope to reach a deal. The United Auto Workers told FOX Business there has been no update and reiterated that the strike deadline is 11:59 p.m.
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THE RETURN TO THE WORKERS ‘OFFICE HAS A HIGH LEVEL OF PANDEMIC AS EMPLOYEES RIGGED ON
On Monday, more than 90% of workers at 14 factories in the United States rejected Deere’s offer, which would have raised wages by 5% for some workers and 6% for others, while bolstering pension benefits existing employees.
Several Deere & Co. employees in Iowa told the Des Moines Register that their managers told them not to show up for their shifts on Wednesday.
The Moline, Illinois-based farm equipment maker has not seen a worker strike in 35 years. But with labor shortages across the country and Deere’s record profits, workers believe now is the time to hang on and ask for more.
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“The whole nation is going to be watching us,” Deere employee Chris Laursen told the newspaper. “If we take a stand here for ourselves, our families, for basic human prosperity, it will make a difference for the entire manufacturing industry. Let’s do it. Let’s not be intimidated. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.