Putting John Deere staff to obtain medical insurance, efficiency bonuses, firm says

Deere & Co. will proceed to supply medical insurance and pay efficiency bonuses to placing staff.

Watch: John Deere UAW represented employees strike outdoors Des Moines Works in Ankeny



The ag and building machine maker primarily based in Moline, Illinois, introduced in an announcement Friday that the ten,100 United Auto Staff members on strike will proceed to obtain their advantages. They can even obtain the efficiency bonuses they earned for exceeding goal manufacturing targets earlier than the union went on strike Oct. 14.

“John Deere’s healthcare and (efficiency) incentives are crucial points of John Deere’s industry-leading wages and advantages,” firm spokesperson Jennifer Hartmann mentioned in an announcement. “We’re taking these steps to show our dedication to doing what’s proper by our staff and specializing in all that we will obtain collectively.”

UAW picketers march across the street outside of Deere & Co., makers of John Deere products, in support of employees on strike, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Ankeny.

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UAW picketers march throughout the road outdoors of Deere & Co., makers of John Deere merchandise, in assist of staff on strike, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Ankeny.

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The corporate and union agreed to a efficiency bonus system of their 2015 contract, which expired final week. Deere offers completely different groups efficiency targets, and people that exceed targets obtain bonuses each 13 weeks.

The corporate pays these bonuses out at completely different instances for every staff. However some staff posted on-line this week that they didn’t obtain the funds they thought have been on account of them this week, primarily based off work they did earlier than happening strike.

If Deere didn’t proceed to supply medical insurance for the placing staff, UAW Worldwide would have lined funds to maintain employees on their present plans. Nonetheless, the union wouldn’t have offered dental or imaginative and prescient insurance coverage.

It might have lined insurance coverage bills with its strike fund, which it’s utilizing to pay the placing employees $275 every week. Members are required to indicate up for his or her designated “picket shifts” each week to obtain cost.

Extra: Deere employees are on strike. Here is why and what led to the UAW’s contract rejection

Some neighborhood teams have offered meals donations to staff. A group of UAW members in different elements of the nation began a GoFundMe for strikers that, as of Friday afternoon, had raised about $102,000. 

On Oct. 10, about 90% of UAW members in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas rejected the preliminary contract that the union and Deere negotiated. The proposal would have raised wages by 5% or 6% and given employees extra money after they retired. However the contract additionally would have ended the corporate’s pension plan for brand new hires.

After happening strike Oct. 14, the UAW’s bargaining staff returned to Moline, Illinois, on Monday to renew negotiating a brand new contract. Neither facet has supplied any replace on how the negotiations are going.

As of final yr, the UAW represented about 6,700 Deere employees in Ankeny, Davenport, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo. The Waterloo plant is the corporate’s largest.

Extra: Deere strike provides to Iowa farmers’ worries about getting elements, tools now and subsequent yr

Tyler Jett covers jobs and the financial system for the Des Moines Register. Attain him at [email protected], 515-284-8215, or on Twitter at @LetsJett.

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