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More than 10,000 John Deere workers on strike

Christian Fernsby |
More than 10,000 John Deere workers were on the picket line.

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Workers at 14 Deer locations made good on their vow to go on strike at the stroke of midnight after "the company failed to present an agreement that met our members’ demands and needs,” The United Auto Workers union said in statement.

"Our members at John Deere strike for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules," said Chuck Browning, vice president and director of the UAW's Agricultural Implement Department.

This is the first major strike in 35 years at John Deere, which is known for its iconic green and yellow farm equipment.

Now, the UAW said, workers will picket Deere around the clock until the two sides reach a contract. The union will provide members $275 a week in strike pay until the standoff is over.

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