Union workers walked off the job and onto the picket lines on October 14. Union leaders and the company could not agree on the terms of a new six-year contract. At stake are wages, better benefits, and retirement. The company also said eligible workers would continue to receive payments from its CIPP incentive program. A John Deere company source familiar with the negotiations said the company is only required to provide health care to the striking workers for the first ten work days of the strike. Workers will get the incentives they earned before the strike began as scheduled. "We are taking these steps to demonstrate our commitment to doing what's right by our employees," John De Pere says. More than 10,000 John Deere workers at 14 factories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia are currently on strike. "The bargaining committee continues to address the concerns of its membership with the company," UAW Leaders said in a news release on Wednesday. Thursday, the 8th day of the strike, UAW workers became eligible for weekly benefits. As long as UAW members are up to date on their dues, they are eligible for $275 per week in strike pay. Workers on the picket lines earn $55 a day Monday-Friday. If they make more than $275 a week, they can no longer receive union benefits.
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