Several companies have seen their employees go on strike in recent weeks, including Kellogg’s, the group’s domestic workers and New York hospitals, with John Deere being the latest affected, the Associated Press reported.
This month, union workers at at least five companies have gone on strike while their unions try to negotiate with employers to resolve issues such as health care, wages and poor working conditions.
Kellogg’s grain plants halted production last Tuesday as workers went on strike to protest better pay and benefits. The AP reported that talks between the union and Kellogg had been stalled for more than a year.
Carpenters in the Seattle area with the Northwest Carpenters Union went on strike on September 16 and continued their strike for nearly three weeks. Sunrise Inc. in Connecticut. Group home workers in the U.S. went on strike Tuesday, and about 2,000 nurses and other workers at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York, went on strike on October 1.
If no new agreement is reached by negotiators by the end of Wednesday, more than 10,000 Deer & Co workers are set to go on strike.
For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.
The United Auto Workers union has said its members will quit if no deal is reached by 11:59 pm. The percentage outweighs the others.
Thirty-five years have passed since the last major Deere strike, but this year workers are encouraged to demand more after long hours during the pandemic and because companies are facing labor shortages.
Chris Lawerson, who worked as a painter in Deere, told Des Moines Register That they feel a strike is imminent and could make a significant difference.
“The whole country is going to see us,” Lauerson said. “If we take a stand here for ourselves, for our families, for basic human prosperity, it’s going to make a difference for the entire manufacturing industry. Let’s do it. Let’s not be intimidated.”
Earlier this year, another group of UAW-represented workers went on strike at a Volvo Trucks plant in Virginia and was injured after rejecting three temporary contract offers with better pay and lower-cost health benefits.
The contracts under negotiation include 14 Deere plants across the United States, including seven in Iowa, four in Illinois, and one each in Colorado, Georgia and Kansas.
Contract negotiations are unfolding at Moline, Illinois-based company as Deere expects to report record profits of between $5.7 billion and $5.9 billion this year. The company is reporting strong sales of its agricultural and construction equipment this year.
Deere production plants are a significant contributor to the economy, so local officials expect any strike to be short-lived.
“We certainly want to see our economy stabilize and grow after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Molin Mayor Sangeeta Rayapati. Quad-City Times. “Hopefully these parties can come to a resolution soon.”