Milan John Deere Parts Distribution Center
Milan’s picket line centered around a barrel fire and a pile of firewood, keeping union workers warm during a cold and rainy morning.
More than 20 workers lined the two entrances to the Milan plant, holding up signs reading “UAW on strike” and “UAW on strike for better benefits” in front of the large John Deere emblem further down the aisle.
The horns of passing cars were greeted with soft cheers from union members, while workers crossing the picket line were mostly greeted with silence. More workers arrived as the morning progressed and workers in Milan expected the crowds to increase this afternoon and tomorrow morning.
Milanese workers hoped the strike would end soon, but were ready to continue the strike until they received larger allowances.
John Deere Davenport Works
More than 50 unionized workers lined the two entrances to the Davenport plant on Thursday morning.
Most workers arrived at their posts before sunrise, bundled up in sweatshirts and hats to protect themselves from the early fall cold. The road was littered with white and blue signs reading “UAW on strike.”
A stream of passing car horns expressing solidarity with the workers was still greeted by cheers from the crowd. As the workers crossed the picket line into the factory, “hoots” and middle fingers were collectively shared in the crowd.