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Strike Looms at 14 John Deere Plants, Including 5 in Iowa

(Radio Iowa) Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer is facing a potential strike.

Unionized John Deere workers voted Sunday night to reject the company’s latest contract offer. The unions say 90-percent of members voted against the six-year offer which was for more than 10-thousand workers at 14 Deere factories, including those in Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo. A news release from the Quad Cities-based Deere says the offer “would have made the best wages and most comprehensive benefits significantly better for our employees.” The deadline to reach a new accord and avoid a strike is midnight Wednesday.

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