More than 1,000 workers at two CNH Industrial plants went on strike Monday seeking a better deal with the company, which makes agricultural and construction equipment.
The United Auto Workers union said workers in Racine, Wis., and Burlington, Iowa went on strike at noon after contract talks broke down. The action follows a series of strikes over the past year, including a high-profile, month-long strike at Deere & Co. that resulted in 10% raises and improved benefits for 10,000 UAW workers at this equipment manufacturer.
“Our CNHi members are striking so they can earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules,” said Chuck Browning, vice president and director of the union’s agricultural implements department.
The UK-based company said in a statement it was disappointed it could not reach an agreement with the union and remained committed to the bargaining process. CNH Industrial has more than 37,000 employees in total.
“We recognize that the union’s decision is creating great anxiety among our employees represented in Burlington and Racine, as well as our other employees, our customers and our community,” said CNH Industrial, which plans to release its report on the results of the Tuesday. first trimester.
It is the latest strike by workers who feel they deserve more after keeping factories running throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Unions have also been encouraged to act as they believe ongoing labor shortages give them an advantage in negotiations.
In addition to the Deere strike last fall, another group of UAW-represented workers went on strike last year at a Volvo Trucks plant in Virginia and won improved wages and benefits. healthcare after rejecting three tentative agreements with the company.
There were also strikes at Kellogg’s cereal plants across the country, at a Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas, and at five Nabisco plants nationwide. And meatpacking workers who have been hit hard by the spread of COVID-19 have secured major raises when their contracts arrive at plants across the country.
Workers also voted to unionize at an Amazon warehouse in New York and more than two dozen Starbucks stores across the country. Workers at another Amazon warehouse on Staten Island in New York, however, rejected a union offer on Monday.
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