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· John Deere employees approve third contract proposal, ending their five-week long strike
· John Deere union workers ratify new deal to end strike
· John Deere employees’ new contract changes production incentives. Here’s how it works
John Deere employees approve third contract proposal, ending their five-week long strike
Tyler Jett, Des Moines Register
via Yahoo News - November 18, 2021
A five-week-long strike of Deere & Co. ended Wednesday as United Auto Workers members approved a new six-year contract with the agricultural and construction equipment maker and prepared to report for evening shifts.
About 61% of voters approved the agreement, which boosts hourly wages by 10% and increases retirement benefits. The company also will maintain its health insurance program, in which workers do not pay premiums.
The 10,100 Deere works in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas had rejected two previous contracts, setting off the first strike against the company since 1986.
The labor action came in a year when thousands of other workers also have gone on strike and millions quit their jobs, sending employers scrambling to find replacements in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
At least in Iowa, the strikers had wide public support. A Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll conducted Nov. 7-10 shows 58% of Iowa adults mostly side with the workers, with just 16% mostly siding with Deere. Support cut across political, age, gender, income, educational, urban and rural divides.
"UAW John Deere members did not just unite themselves," UAW international President Ray Curry said in a statement. "They seemed to unite the nation in a struggle for fairness in the workplace. We could not be more proud."
In his own statement, Deere CEO John May said...
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John Deere union workers ratify new deal to end strike
Phil Helsel, NBC Universal
via Aol. - November 18, 2021
More than 10,000 striking John Deere workers will go back to work after approving a new agreement that union leadership called a landmark deal.
Workers at 14 Deere & Co. locations have been on strike since Oct. 14 after the union overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer that would’ve delivered 5 percent raises to some workers and 6 percent to others.
On Wednesday, members ratified a new six-year agreement that includes 10 percent increases in wages this year, and a total increase of 20 percent over the life of the contract, the United Auto Workers said...
... Deere CEO John C. May said the agreements give workers “the opportunity to earn wages and benefits that are the best in our industries and are groundbreaking in many ways.”
In addition to the wage increases, the newly ratified deal includes an $8,500 signing bonus, more retirement options and makes no changes to healthcare, the union said.
“It’s been good for us,” Tony Long, a worker in Ottumwa, Iowa, told NBC affiliate WHO of Des Moines...
... The agreement was ratified by union members by 61 percent to 39 percent, the UAW said...
John Deere employees’ new contract changes production incentives. Here’s how it works
Bill Steiden, Des Moines Register
Nov 17, 2021
The main change in the contract with Deere & Co. that UAW members approved Thursday was to elements of the company's production incentive program.
The company divides many of its production workers into teams and offers extra payment if a group exceeds stated goals, such as for the number of tractors it makes in a week. If a team exceeds the goal by 15%, the members get a 15% pay bump on their weekly check.
If the team exceeds the goal by more than 15%, the company still only pays them an extra 15% for that week. In those cases, the company sets aside more money for the workers but it only pays it out to them every 13 weeks.
For example, if a team member normally makes $1,000 a week and the group exceeded its production goal by 20% in a given week, the company will pay the worker $1,150 — 15% more than the employee's base earnings.
At the same time, the company takes another $50 for each worker — the extra 5% they didn't receive for that week — and puts it into the fund. After 13 weeks, or once a quarter, the company divides whatever amount is in that fund among all the team members.
New incentive system will pay off more often ...