Union bargains end Deere strike, runs your farm

Tens of thousands of autoworkers are returning to work for John Deere after the agricultural equipment manufacturer reached a tentative deal on a new contract with the United Auto Workers union. The union’s District…

Union bargains end Deere strike, runs your farm

Tens of thousands of autoworkers are returning to work for John Deere after the agricultural equipment manufacturer reached a tentative deal on a new contract with the United Auto Workers union.

The union’s District 2 near Milwaukee and District 9 in Detroit went on strike Nov. 1 after nearly a year of negotiating an agreement.

The last deal, reached Jan. 8, will allow the company to “become more competitive,” said Deere spokesman Karl Waterbury in a statement to the Oshkosh Northwestern.

Under the terms of the new contract, the average worker would receive a 6 percent raise over three years. The minimum wage would increase from $15 to $18 an hour, and continue to rise with inflation. All union employees would have a pension and health care coverage would remain intact.

The new deal also requires that all United Auto Workers members must sign up for social media in order to begin collecting news, special projects and political contributions.

Since the contract didn’t include a wage increase retroactive to Jan. 1, the union will offer up its American Federation of Independent Business worker app in lieu of any raises.

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