The deal would have given workers a wage increase and one-time bonus over six years
The union represents 10,100 workers in 14 plants. According to local news reports in Iowa, some plant managers have turned down afternoon and overnight shifts in anticipation of the walkout.
“At John Deere our members strike for their ability to live a decent life, retire with honors, and establish fair work rules,” Chuck Browning, director and vice president of the union’s Department of Agriculture Implementation, said Thursday. “We remain committed to bargaining until our members’ goals are achieved.”
Deere had no estimation about when workers would return to work or when negotiations with the union would take place.
Brad Morris, Deere’s vice president of labor relations, said: “We will continue to work day and night to understand the priorities of our employees and resolve this strike, while also continuing to operate for the benefit of all of them.”
Deere is one of several companies and other entities that have recently struggled to reach new terms with their employees. Fourteen hundred employees in the Kellogg Company, a cereal company.
The bakery, confectionery, are on strike against the food company amid negotiations over a labor contract with the Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.
Food Company Mondelez International Inc. workers for.
The one-week strike ended last month after agreeing a new four-year contract that included ratification bonuses, hourly wage increases and a higher company match for 401(k) contributions. Workers in three of the company’s four bakeries in the US went on strike
Film and TV workers have moved close to strike, voting to give union leadership the right to call for a strike if talks about wages and working conditions were to continue. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents more than 150,000 behind-the-scenes workers, said it would strike Monday unless an agreement is reached with producers for a new contract.