Deere & Co. has reportedly reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, likely avoiding a strike by 10,000 workers in three states, including Illinois.
The contract would cover workers in 12 John Deere facilities in East Moline, Moline and Milan, Illinois; Coffeyville, Kansas; Davenport, Ankeny, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo, Iowa. The contract would replace a six-year contract that expired at midnight on Wednesday. Details of the agreement have not be released. Factories in Illinois and Iowa recently saw layoffs due to declining sales.
Deere & Co. is hashing out a separate contract for 110 workers in parts factories in Atlanta and Denver.
UAW workers voted down a contract with Fiat Chrysler this week. Workers in Belvidere, Illinois rejected the deal supported by union leaders on Wednesday after those in Toledo, Ohio voted against the contract in Tuesday. UAW leaders were called to Detroit Thursday to discuss next steps.