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UPDATE: Deere and Company reaches 6-year agreement

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

UPDATE:

UAW have notified Deere & Company that its members have ratified the six-year contract agreement.

Deere and the UAW had reached a tentative agreement October 1 that required a ratification vote by UAW members at John Deere facilities.

John Deere released the information just after 5 p.m. Sunday evening.

Terms of the agreement will not be made public.

The UAW represents approximately 10,000 Deere manufacturing employees at 12 factories in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.

The master agreement covers manufacturing employees at John Deere facilities in Davenport, Ankeny, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo, Iowa; East Moline, Moline and Milan, Illinois; and Coffeyville, Kansas.

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John Deere and the United Auto Workers Union reached a tentative agreement during the middle of last week, minutes after the previous contract expired.
Today, Sunday October 4th, union members in Waterloo and Dubuque voted on that agreement.

Thousands of union members waited in line at the Mcleod Center at UNI to see what the new six-year contract could look like.
 KWWL spoke with members as they left the vote, the majority of workers said they were unsatisfied with the current offer.
 Workers seemed to be the most concerned with pensions, wages, and health care.

The hand-out members were given before voting highlighted John Deere's agreement to not close plants during the next six years.
 It also listed pension improvements, health care protection, wage increases, and 89 paid holidays.
 We are standing by to hear the latest results -- and we will report them right here when a decision is made.
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The United Auto Workers are set to vote on a tentative agreement with Deere on Sunday.

Nearly ten thousand Deere workers are covered under this six-year agreement we told you about earlier this week, which includes workers in
Waterloo and Dubuque.

But just because a tentative agreement has been reached, doesn't mean everyone can rest easy.

Sunday's vote will either confirm the agreement or possibly be the first step to a strike, if no deal is reached.

The vote is expected to take several hours.

KWWL is on scene, as people get in line to vote.

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