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Striking Deere Workers Voting on 3rd Contract Offer


More than 10,000 striking Deere & Co. workers were voting Wednesday on a new contract offer from the tractor maker.


The latest proposed contract maintains the 10% immediate raises that the last deal offered, and it makes what the United Auto Workers union called modest changes to the details of Deere’s internal incentive pay program for workers.


After the last vote on Nov. 2, Deere officials told the union not to expect the company to offer any more money, and Deere largely stuck to that promise in this latest offer.


In addition to the initial raises, this week’s offer keeps the 5% raises that were in the third and fifth years of the six-year deal and 3% lump-sum payments in the second, fourth, and sixth years of the deal. The offer would also preserve a pension option for new employees, make workers eligible for health insurance sooner, and maintain their no-premium health insurance coverage.


The contract covers 12 plants in Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois. This was the first major strike at the company since 1986.

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