John Deere Union Negotiations Begin

(Horicon) Nearly eight hundred employees at an area manufacturer may be looking to join the picket lines. Today, (Thursday) marks the start of contract negotiations between John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon and wage employees. If this scenario sounds familiar, that is because in October of 2021 more than 10,000 employees at 14 different John Deere locations went on strike as negotiations dragged on. At that time, the Horicon facility was not included in the strike, as workers locally are part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union, whereas last year the United Auto Workers union represented waged employees. In a statement provided by the President of IAM Local Lodge 873, Darrel Schepp noted that the Horicon facility has provided work for several other businesses in the area. This includes area manufacturers, service contractors, financial institutions, and construction companies, all while John Deere Horicon Works employees have, in turn, put their wages back into the local economy. He adds it will take the community’s support to ensure this continues going forward. The current union contract is set to expire October 1.