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UAW Six-Year Deere Deal Keeps Plants Open

Job security is the issue as Great Recession goes on.

by on Oct.05, 2009

The plants stay open but with reduced two-tier wages.

The plants stay open, but with two-tier wages.

Members of the United Auto Workers employed by Deere & Company of Moline, Illinois have ratified a new contract that includes a commitment by the company not to close plants during the six-year term of the agreement.

The union said the contract also includes a $3,500 ratification bonus and wage improvements during the term of the agreement. The company also agreed to improve the pensions of retirees.

Eighty-two percent of the union members voting on the contract approved the agreement covering approximately 9,500 employees at facilities in Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Illinois and Georgia.

UAW Region 4 Director Dennis Williams said the agreement included a new apprenticeship program that will give them new opportunities to enhance their skills and transition to better jobs.