John Deere & Co. reaches tentative labor deal with UAW

A tentative agreement has been reached between John Deere & Co. and the United Auto Workers (UAW) to replace the six-year master labor contract that expired Sept. 30.

According to Deere spokesman Ken Golden, the tentative agreement is for six years and must now be ratified by union members with a majority vote. Other terms of the agreement, such as pay, were not disclosed and Golden said the company plans to honor its agreement with the UAW by not making any comments until the agreement is final.

The UAW represents approximately 10,000 Deere manufacturing employees at 12 factories in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas. The master agreement covers manufacturing employees at John Deere facilities in Davenport, Ankeny, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo, Iowa; East Moline, Moline and Milan, Illinois; and Coffeyville, Kansas.

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