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Most employees at Deere & Co. declined a contract offer Tuesday that could have given them a 10% raise and decided to go on strike in hopes of securing a better deal.

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picks up in new a settlement The original proposal was rejected by members of the United Auto Workers union last month, but they were not enough to end the increase and better benefits. strike that started on 14 October. The new agreement would also have provided an $8,500 ratification bonus, preserved a pension option for new employees, made workers eligible for health insurance sooner, and maintained their no-premium health insurance coverage.

The disputed contract covers more than 10,000 Deere employees at 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas. A small group of about 100 workers at two Deere facilities in Colorado and Georgia voted to accept a similar deal.

The Deere & Company John Deere logo is displayed on a tractor during the World Agriculture Expo on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Tulare, USA. (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Businesshala via Getty Images)

The union said 55% of its members at the 12 main plants voted against the latest contract proposal on Tuesday.

Last month, 90% of union members also rejected a proposed contract that included an immediate 5% increase for some workers and 6% for others, and a 3% increase in 2023 and 2025.

Deere officials said they were disappointed that the agreement was rejected.

“Through the agreements made with UAW, John Deere will invest an additional $3.5 billion in our employees and, by extension, our communities, to enhance wages and benefits that are already among the best in our industries and were the most widespread,” Mark said. A. Jose, Chief Administrative Officer of Deere. “This investment was the right one to serve Deere, our employees and all of us together.”

Employees will receive wages between $22.13 per hour and $33.05 per hour under the latest declined contract, depending on their position.

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Tuesday’s vote means the first major strike since 1986 will continue on the company making agricultural and construction equipment. At present, many companies are dealing with labor shortage, which makes workers feel encouraged them to demand more.

Douglas Woolm Told the Des Moines Register That he voted against the contract because he didn’t think it was enough for most of the workers who are on the lower end of the pay scale.

Woolham, who worked for the company for 23 years in Moline, Illinois, said his family members have been working for the company for 75 years, beginning with his grandfather. He said that his father has retired from Deere, which is now more than his earnings.

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Forklift operator Irving Griffin, who has been with Deere for 11 years, Said Newspaper On Monday he planned to vote against the contract because he believed the company could offer even more.

Griffin said he thought workers should hold on to a better offer, even though workers were only getting $275 a week from the union while they were on strike.

“Now is the best time to strike and take a stand for what we deserve,” he told the newspaper.

Sales have been strong this year at Moline, an Illinois-based company as the economy recovers from the pandemic. Deere predicts it will report record profits of between $5.7 billion and $5.9 billion this year.