Union reaches tentative deal with John Deere, this week in the war on workers

Union reaches tentative deal with John Deere, this week in the war on workers

After an action-packed—and sober, thanks to one of their own being hit by a car and killed near a picket line—week, John Deere strikers may have a deal. The UAW and management announced a tentative agreement, pending a vote by the workers, on Saturday. 

Over the past week, the company announced it would not cut off benefits and would pay out performance bonuses the workers earned before the strike started, after threatening to withhold it in what would have been a significant act of wage theft. In Iowa, a judge rejected John Deere’s effort to get an injunction against picketers. 

Now, the strike will continue through a ratification vote, which will happen Tuesday. Jonah Furman is asking workers what would get them to yes on a contrast and tweeting the responses, in a very interesting thread.

● Meanwhile, in another significant ongoing strike: 

.@SecMartyWalsh made history yesterday at the Kellogg’s strike — becoming the first labor secretary in U.S. history to join workers on a picket line. Walsh told @BCTGM members that President Biden and the administration “are watching. You do have support.” pic.twitter.com/mhCslUFiDM

— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) October 29, 2021

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TWU Local 234 wins a Massive victory for 5,000 TWU transit workers at SEPTA in Philadelphia – good raises, parental leave, compensation for the families of members lost to Covid. When workers lock arms and fight back, We Win! @twusamuelsen @aflcio

— TWU (@transportworker) October 29, 2021

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.@SecMartyWalsh made history yesterday at the Kellogg’s strike — becoming the first labor secretary in U.S. history to join workers on a picket line. Walsh told @BCTGM members that President Biden and the administration “are watching. You do have support.” pic.twitter.com/mhCslUFiDM

— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) October 29, 2021

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