UPDATE: Union members will vote November 2nd on whether or not to accept the new proposed deal reached Saturday between the UAW and John Deere’s parent company.
UAW Local 838 in Waterloo announced the vote on their Facebook page not long after the proposed deal was announced. Electronic highlighters on the deal will be available for union members Sunday evening.
The previous deal was overwhelming rejected by union membership.
Editor’s Note: The original Facebook post from the UAW showed a vote taking place on November 7th. That post has since been corrected to read November 2nd.
MOLINE, Illinois (KWWL) — The bargaining team with the United Auto Workers says they’ve reached a tentative agreement with Deere & Company, the parent company of John Deere.
UAW leaders, President Ray Curry and UAW Vice President Chuck Browning, made the announcement Saturday, adding that union members would remain on strike until the agreement could be ratified through a vote.
“Our UAW John Deere national bargaining team went back to our local members after the previous tentative agreement and canvassed the concerns and priorities of membership.” said Curry. “We want to thank the UAW bargaining team and striking UAW members and their families for the sacrifices they have made to achieve these gains. Our members have enjoyed the support of our communities and the entire labor movement nationwide as they have stood together in support and solidarity these past few weeks.”
Browning added that the agreement contains “enhanced economic gains and continues to provide the highest quality healthcare benefits in the industry.”
“The negotiators focused on improving the areas of concern identified by our members during our last ratification process,” Browning said.
The union said it would not release the detalis of the agreement until members have a chance to review the proposed deal.
Deere & Company also announced the second tentative agreement which is a six-year labor agreement covering approximately 10,100 production and maintenance employees at 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas. Deere and the UAW have also reached a tentative agreement on a new six-year labor agreement covering nearly 100 production and maintenance employees at Deere parts facilities in Denver and Atlanta.