More than 10,000 John Deere workers go on strike as labor actions heat up in the U.S.

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2021 | Firm News

A record number of job resignations have been occurring throughout the country this past month. As a result, employers are trying desperately to hire new labor, and many who remain at their positions are now pushing for improved working conditions at their company. The United Auto Workers (UAW) at John Deere are taking a stand to fight for better working conditions at their company.

 

Workers across the country see what lengths their companies are pursuing to hire workers due to the mass resignations and labor shortages that follow. Offers, including signing bonuses and generally better compensation packages, have become common to employees who begin working during this labor shortage. Current workers argue that in the same vein, companies need to be doing more in order to keep their own workers satisfied and comfortable, or risk having them leave the worksite as well. [1]

 

What are the workers demanding from the strike?

Chuck Browing, vice president and director of the UAW’s (United Auto Workers) Agricultural Implement Department, categorized the strike in a statement saying “”Our members at John Deere strike for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules”.[2] This strike came after the UAW and Deere & Company failed to come to an agreement.

 

Other Industries Pushing for Better Working Conditions

Workers at companies across industries throughout the country are also pushing for improved working conditions. At Kellogg’s plants about 1,400 employees walked off the job following a stalemate in collective bargaining that has been pending for more than a year.[3]

 

Roughly 60,000 film and TV workers with the union International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees voted to authorize a strike against studios to improve their schedules, pay and working conditions[4]. Nurses and other health care workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon have also approved a potential strike.[5]

 

John Deere follows as another company to continue in the wake of what has been deemed “Striketober”. Workers and unions are feeling emboldened in the wake of the labor shortage and mass resignations. Laborers realize now that if companies are able to shell out better wages and working conditions for employees who are just starting, they should be able to treat workers who have been employed for years with the same dignity and respect.

Reach Out to Our Law Firm If You Working Conditions Are Unlawful

If you have been experiencing subpar working conditions, wage theft, or a hostile work environment, let the attorneys at Makarem & Associates fight for you. Their dedication, drive, and determination is sure to get you the outcome you deserve. Contact us today at (310) 312-0299 or [email protected]

 

[1] https://www.npr.org/2021/10/14/1045954573/uaw-john-deere-strike-iatse

[2] https://www.npr.org/2021/10/14/1045954573/uaw-john-deere-strike-iatse

[3] https://www.npr.org/2021/10/14/1045954573/uaw-john-deere-strike-iatse

[4] https://www.npr.org/2021/10/14/1045954573/uaw-john-deere-strike-iatse

[5] https://www.npr.org/2021/10/14/1045954573/uaw-john-deere-strike-iatse

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