Back to Work: UAW Members Approve New Contract, Ending Strike


Ottumwa’s John Deere plant will be one of many in the Midwest that will be bustling with activity on Thursday after an agreement was reached on the latest contract proposal, ending a 35 day strike.

61 percent of the United Auto Workers voted to accept Deere and Company’s latest offer. The agreed upon contract contains an immediate 10 percent raise in pay. Additionally, there will be five percent raises on the third and fifth years of the six-year pact. According to reports, the third deal made modifications to production incentives.

The UAW said member of the third shift could voluntarily work starting Wednesday night. All other shifts are expected to work at their regular job sites Thursday.

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