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UAW members approve Deere deal for 3 states

Master labour contract covers plant workers in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas.


October 5, 2015
by ASSOCIATED PRESS

MOLINE, Ill. — Farm equipment manufacturer Deere & Co. says United Auto Workers members have approved a new six-year labour agreement that covers facilities in three states.

Deere and UAW reached a tentative agreement last week. The company said in a statement it received notification that UAW members had ratified the deal.

Negotiations began in late August.

The statement says terms of the agreement will not be made public.

The master labour contract covers manufacturing employees at factories in Davenport, Ankeny, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo, Iowa; East Moline, Moline and Milan, Ill.; and Coffeyville, Kan.

Declining sales have led Deere to lay off workers in Iowa and Illinois this year.

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