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Union Members to Decide on Tentative Agreement


Union workers at farm-equipment maker Deere and Co. would get wage increases of 10% if they ratify a tentative contract reached over the weekend.


The upfront pay increase would be followed by 5% raises in the third and fifth years of the tentative contract. Terms of the deal were posted Sunday on the United Auto Workers website. The agreement next goes to a vote of union members. Local unions will have the details of the time and location of the meeting and subsequent ratification votes.


The contract will cover approximately 10,100 production and maintenance employees at 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas.


On Oct. 10, the union rejected a proposed six-year collective bargaining agreement. The union began to strike on Oct. 14 and has continued to picket facilities ever since.


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