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Deere workers prepare for strike after rejecting contract

Union members hold an informational picket outside of John Deere Headquarters Tuesday morning.
Union members hold an informational picket outside of John Deere Headquarters Tuesday morning.(KWQC)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 1:14 PM EDT
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MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers appear ready to go on strike if negotiators can’t deliver a new agreement by the end of the day.

The United Auto Workers union has said its members would walk off the job if no deal has been reached by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

The vast majority of the union rejected a contract offer earlier this week that would have delivered at least 5% raises.

Thirty-five years have passed since the last major Deere strike, but workers are emboldened to demand more this year after working long hours throughout the pandemic and because companies are facing worker shortages.

The company has a high-volume tractor factory in Grovetown, Ga., that employs hundreds.

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