November 22, 2021

UAW Members End John Deere Strike with Higher Wages and Stronger Retirement Benefits

Over 10,000 striking John Deere workers returned to work Thursday after ratifying a new contract. The agreement includes wage increases and was ratified after union members rejected a previous contract.

The workers, members of the UAW, 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.

In addition to the wage increases, the newly ratified deal includes an $8,500 signing bonus, more retirement options and makes no changes to health care.

“Thank you to our Alliance members, particularly those in Wisconsin and Iowa, who joined the picket line last week in a show of solidarity,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “Strikes are never easy, but in the end, these union members secured better wages, benefits and a stronger retirement for themselves and their families.”

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