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John Deere workers in Waterloo launch strike



This news story was published on October 14, 2021.
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John Deere in Ankeny
(ankenyiowa.gov)

WATERLOO – John Deere workers in Waterloo launched a strike today.

UAW John Deere members struck at midnight October 14, after the company failed to present an agreement that met our members’ demands and needs.

“Our members at John Deere strike for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules,” said Chuck Browning, Vice President and director of the UAW’s Agricultural Implement Department. “We stay committed to bargaining until our members’ goals are achieved.”

UAW President Ray Curry, said “The almost one million UAW retirees and active members stand in solidarity with the striking UAW members at John Deere.”

Curry noted that, “UAW John Deere members have worked through the pandemic after the company deemed them essential, to produce the equipment that feeds America, builds America and powers the American economy. These essential UAW workers are showing us all that through the power of a strong united union voice on the picket line they can make a difference for working families here and throughout the country.”

Over 10,000 members at John Deere locations set up pickets. ”Pickets have been set up and our members are organized and ready to hold out and fight for a contract they believe meets their needs,” said Ron McInroy, director of UAW Region 4. “Our members and their families appreciate the community support they have already gotten. Strikes are not easy, but some things are worth fighting for.”

“These are skilled, tedious jobs that UAW members take pride in every day,” said Mitchell Smith, UAW Region 8 director. “Strikes are never easy on workers or their families but John Deere workers believe they deserve a better share of the pie, a safer workplace, and adequate benefits.”

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13 Responses to John Deere workers in Waterloo launch strike

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 18, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Let’s GO BRANDON !!!!!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Was covid shot any part of this? BET SO !

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Good luck trying to keep a pension. Not many pensions are left except for government workers.

    • Edward Jones Reply Report comment

      October 15, 2021 at 10:22 am

      Exactly…they need to match more for the 401K

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 18, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      Who would think that employers might not contribute enough to their employees pensions?

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Overpaid assholes make too much now. Cut their wages by 20%.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 15, 2021 at 8:13 am

      Poor baby. Your $7.50 an hour doesn’t look very good compared to theirs, does it?

      • Ambitious Reply Report comment

        October 15, 2021 at 10:20 am

        lf l made that l would go and apply for their job

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Everybody !!!!
    FU@@ Joe Biden. Clap,,,,,,,clap…..clap…..clap

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 14, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Great!! Let people who want to work have their jobs. It’s their choice not to work. I hope they starve.

    • Pedro Jiminez Escobar Millanta Reply Report comment

      October 14, 2021 at 11:47 pm

      Everybody who “want to work” already have jobs, dope. Go back to Mexico.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 15, 2021 at 8:50 am

        They can move on to a better job looks like average is about $30/hr

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 15, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      I hope these spoiled jerks suffer for complaining.
      Who cares about people with low paying jobs or no job?
      Be thankful for all that you have at this time.
      It’s ugly to listen to people whine about the details of contracts or pensions or whatever terrible working conditions that forced these poor souls to go on strike. I refuse to read about it. I wish we could see exactly who they are and listen to them say how bad they have it individually. I think they should be ashamed of themselves.
      I hope they somehow get an idea of the reality that people who are genuinely in a bad place deal with. Maybe the strike will go in so long they might have to get money out of their savings accounts.
      Now is not the time to whine.