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Deere Union Workers Reject Labor Agreement, Extending Strike

  • UAW members rebuff tentative deal by 55% to 45% margin
  • Improved deal was the second one rejected by the union
Workers hold signs during a strike outside the John Deere Des Moines Works facility in Iowa, on Oct. 15.

Workers hold signs during a strike outside the John Deere Des Moines Works facility in Iowa, on Oct. 15.

Photographer: Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg
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Members of the United Auto Workers union rejected a deal with Deere & Co., extending a nearly three-week-long strike and illustrating the growing willingness of U.S. workers to hold out for better terms.

The second rejected deal offered substantial improvements over one that workers turned down before going on strike, and included larger wage increases, no new tiers to retirement benefits and a signing bonus of $8,500. Shares of Moline, Illinois-based Deere were down 5% at 1:16 p.m. in New York on Tuesday.