Seth Perlman / AP
More than 10,000 workers at 14 different John Deere sites went on strike at the stroke of midnight after the United Auto Workers union said it was unable to secure a new contract with the tractor company .
“Our John Deere members are on strike so they can earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish a level playing field,” said Chuck Browning, vice president and director of the UAW’s agricultural tools department, in a press release.
John Deere, known for its iconic green and yellow farm equipment, said it was committed to achieving a “favorable” outcome for everyone involved, including the workers.
“We are committed to reaching a deal with the UAW that would put every employee in a better economic position and continue to make them the highest paid employees in agriculture and construction,” Brad Morris, vice president of labor relations at Deere & Company, said in a statement.
“We will continue to work day and night to understand our employees’ priorities and resolve this strike, while keeping our operations ongoing for the benefit of all we serve,” he added.
The company had no estimate of when workers would return to work or how the strike would affect its operations.
The strike at John Deere comes shortly after about 60,000 film and television workers with the union International Alliance of Theater Workers voted to authorize a strike against the studios to improve their hours, wages and salaries. working conditions.