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What is the next step in the John Deere tentative agreement?

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  Negotiators have reached a tentative agreement between John Deere and the United Auto Workers Union.
  The agreement was announced minutes after the old contract expired at midnight.

   The contract has yet to be signed by both parties.

  What is the next steps in the process of solidifying the agreement?

  After more than a month of negotiations, the deal came down to the wire.
  KWWL spoke with union reps in Waterloo and Dubuque today about the agreement.

  They were unable to speak about any specific details in the contract.
   The Local 94 Vice President in Dubuque did tell KWWL this deal cut closer to the midnight deadline than the previous two contracts have.
   John Deere employees made their way to work; something they didn't know if they would be doing until nearly 1:00 a.m.
  With a tentative agreement in place, union reps say there is a feeling of relief.

     "The uncertainty was probably doing some harm. I'm sure that, Deere was worried about being able to continue to produce out put. I'm sure that the workers were concerned about being able to maintain their jobs," said UNI Associate Professor of Economics, Bryce Kanago.

But some uncertainty remains, as union members still need to ratify the deal.

The Waterloo Cedar Falls local 838 will be meeting at the Mcleod Center on Sunday to vote on the contract. The other 8 locals, including Dubuque, will also be meeting this weekend.
In Dubuque, the Local 94 Vice President says, with a largely young membership, he doesn't know what to expect from the vote.

The vote is a lengthy process; expect to take nearly 6 hours.
Local leadership will review the terms and make a recommendation to the general membership.
Members will then discuss the terms and vote.
A 51% majority of votes is needed.
In Black Hawk County, the economy has strengthened in the last six months, something economist hope will continue.

 "I think that that agreement will help that, I think it will help keep the economy strong," said Kanago.

If the terms are rejected by employees, they could continue working under the previous contract's terms or they could strike.
Something we won't know until votes are counted Sunday.

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