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Picket line outside Deere Harvester Works, East Moline

Barb Ickes

Striking UAW workers picket in front of several Deere & Co. in Quad-Cities since more than 10,000 workers went on strike on Thursday.

After the union and Deer were unable to reach an agreement, members of America’s United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agriculture 281 Implement Dozens rallied to pickets.

By sunrise in the Illinois Quad-Cities, the union organized pickets at several locations outside the Harvester Works in East Moline and the seed and cylinder factories on River Drive in Moline.

Some said the picketers were ordered to refrain from commenting in the media.

Dozens of local 281 UAW members rallied outside John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline on Thursday morning after the union and Deere were unable to reach a deal. Picket lines are also active in Moline, Milan and Davenport.

Barb Ickes

The atmosphere at several of the pickets was cheerful as passers-by signaled their support for the union.

After an overwhelming majority of votes against the contract on Sunday night, the UAW withdrew its negotiating committee, effectively ending negotiations, and set a deadline for a tough strike at 23:59 on Wednesday.

The contracts under negotiation cover 14 Deere plants, including seven in Iowa, four in Illinois, and one each in Kansas, Colorado and Georgia. Contractors, suppliers and other companies doing business with Deere will also be more and more affected the longer the strike lasts.

Contract negotiations at the Moline, Illinois-based company are ongoing as Deere expects to post record profits of $ 5.7 billion to $ 5.9 billion this year. The company reported strong sales of its agricultural and construction equipment this year.

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