UAW President Ray Curry today announced that the elected national bargaining team at John Deere has reached a tentative deal.
“Our UAW John Deere National Bargaining Team has worked tirelessly to create substantial gains for members,” said Ray Curry, UAW International President. “We would like to thank the UAW negotiating team and their families who have sacrificed their time apart on behalf of the UAW members.”
The UAW will not release details of the tentative deal until members of all John Deere locations have had a chance to meet and review the terms of their proposed contract on October 10.
A press release issued earlier today by United Auto Workers said the union and John Deere had agreed to “extend the current collective agreement” as negotiations for a new contract continued.
The current 6-year deal was set to expire on October 1 as the UAW and John Deere negotiate the next deal. A new labor agreement would affect Deere’s 10,100 UAW production and maintenance employees at 12 Deere facilities.
A recent Quad City Times report said Deere employees represented by United Auto Workers Local 865 passed strike authorization on September 12 as part of ongoing contract negotiations with Deere. The vote does not call for a strike but rather gives the union the opportunity to call a strike on behalf of the workers if they deem it necessary.
UAW Senior Communications Advisor Brian Rothenberg confirmed with Agricultural equipment that a strike authorization is usually approved during contract negotiations.