Close, But Not Quite. UAW Workers Reject Latest Contract Offer Keeping 10,000 People On Strike.
There was a new deal for UAW workers to vote on yesterday (11/2) and while the results of this vote were much closer than the first, 10,100 workers across the country will stay on strike.
The final tally of votes came in at 55% yes, 45% no. 50% plus 1 is needed to ratify any contract that John Deere and the UAW set in front of workers. While the vote was much closer than the 90% no vote on October 11th, it's still not enough to get the workers back to work.
Locally, feelings on the contract were split according to the preliminary vote totals. (At the time of this story voting results from Moline were not posted)
- Local 79 in Milan - 47% yes - 53% no
- Local 865 in East Moline - 45% yes - 55% no
- Local 281 in Davenport - 64% yes - 36% no
The biggest no vote came from Local 838 in Waterloo with an overwhelming 71% of the workers there voting no on the new deal.
The UAW said in a statement, "The strike against John Deere and Company will continue as we discuss next steps with the company. Pickets will continue and any updates will be provided through the local union."
Deere Chief Administrative Officer Marc Howze said in a statement "This investment was the right one for Deere, our employees, and everyone we serve together. Even though it would have created greater competitive challenges within our industries, we had faith in our employees' ability to sharpen our competitive edge. With the rejection of the agreement covering our Midwest facilities, we will execute the next phase of our Customer Service Continuation Plan."
Updated: According to WQAD, Director of Deere & Co. Public Relations Jen Hartmann said, "I think one of the things that the bargaining committee for Deere is making clear is that this is the best, last and final offer.".
The rejected deal included a 10% wage increase in the first year, 5% increases in years 3 and 5, and 3% increases in years 2, 4, and 6. There was also be no change to the cost of health care for the workers. The contract that was voted on can be seen here at the UAW's website.