UAW members to vote on Deere contract deal on Sunday

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QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – The six-year contractual agreement between John Deere and United Auto Workers recently ended on October 1.

On the same day, union members agreed to a new six-year tentative labor agreement that will be voted on on Sunday.

According to a summary of changes document from the UAW Deere and the company, there will be 11 key points that members will discuss at the Sunday meeting.

These changes include:

  • Health care maintained and improved with a co-payment remaining the same during the term of the agreement
  • Improved pension and retirement
  • Eliminate the 2009 sub-level of remuneration
  • Salary increases
  • Lump sums
  • COLA restored
  • Holiday days preserved with improvements
  • Extended mourning
  • Parental leave
  • Improvements to the grievance process
  • IPPM improvements

In a statement from the UAW Directors of Regions 4 and 8, they state that “our negotiating committee has listened to the concerns and demands of our members before entering this round of negotiations. We believe this tentative agreement meets the needs of our members and creates the future they deserve.

Brittany Kyles, of Tv6, spoke to a UAW member who says it looks like the deal includes substantial changes in healthcare and wages, but it’s too early to be sure.

TV6 will keep you posted on the UAW’s Sunday ratification meeting on air and online.

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