More than 10,000 John Deere workers are on strike

More than 10,000 unionized John Deere workers are on strike as of the night time of October 13, 2021, after rejecting a contract proposal from the farm manufacturing firm, marking the biggest U.S. strike in two years.

Members of the United Vehicle, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers (UAW) union say they are putting towards Deere & Firm, the company that makes the John Deere model of merchandise, for increased wages, improved retirement and healthcare advantages, and a greater work setting.

The strike deadline was introduced earlier this week after union members overwhelmingly voted down a tentative settlement reached between the union and the corporate, with 90% rejecting the proposal. “Our members at John Deere strike for the power to earn an honest residing, retire with dignity and set up truthful work guidelines,” Chuck Browning, vice chairman and director of the UAW’s Agricultural Implement Division, mentioned in a press release. The corporate said in a statement that it’s “decided to achieve an settlement with the UAW that will put each worker in a greater financial place.”

Whereas John Deere’s earnings grew 60% in recent times, together with a 160% wage enhance for its CEO in the course of the pandemic, workers say their wages have been reduce, Good Morning America reported. Within the third quarter of 2021 alone, John Deere reported a internet revenue of $1.6 billion, and forecasted full-year earnings of as much as $5.9 billion. Workers employed after 1997 have additionally seen their out-of-pocket well being care prices rise, LaborNotes reports, and have decrease pensions than these workers employed earlier than 1997. “UAW John Deere members have labored via the pandemic after the corporate deemed them important, to provide the gear that feeds America, builds America and powers the American economic system,” UAW President Ray Curry mentioned in a statement.

The strike contains extra than 10,000 workers at 14 amenities. It’s the biggest strike within the U.S. in two years, since almost 50,000 UAW members were on strike against General Motors for six weeks in 2019, however it’s only one in a sequence of labor actions by workers throughout the nation amid the turmoil of the pandemic. (CNN studies that the U.S. Labor Division says the variety of strikes this yr is definitely fewer than the identical interval in 2019, earlier than COVID-19. Nonetheless, workers have continued to name out labor practices, even quitting in droves, after working all through the pandemic.)

Final week, extra than 1,000 Kellogg workers went on strike, and workers with the Worldwide Alliance of Theatrical Stage Workers (IATSE), which represents some 60,000 movie and tv staff, overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. On October 11, 24,000 Kaiser Permanente workers additionally voted to authorize a strike over pay and dealing situations within the well being sector, and a pair of,000 hospital workers in Buffalo have been putting since October 1.