(Moline, Illinois) John Deere’s unionized workers in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas rejected a six-year contract offer over the weekend, paving the way for a possible strike at midnight Wednesday. The offer would have given at least a five-percent raise. Workers feel the company is not keeping up with what others offer in wages and benefits. Among the sticking points reported, a shift for employees hired after November 1 from an existing pension program to a 401(k).
The company has 10,000 workers at its 14 facilities, which includes John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon. However, members of the local union would not be impacted. Darrel Schepp, President of Machinists Union Local 873, tells DailyDodge that they are prepping for contract negotiations at this time next year. John Deere — which is headquartered in Moline, Illinois – is coming off a record year for profits earning more than $5.7-billion-dollars.