Watch now: Striking UAW workers picket outside Deere plants

Milan John Deere Parts Distribution Center

Milan’s picket line centered around a barrel fire and pile of firewood, keeping union workers warm during a cold, drizzly morning.

Over 20 workers lined the two entrances to the Milan plant, holding signs reading “UAW on strike” and “UAW on strike for improved benefits” in front of the large John Deere emblem further down the driveway.

Honks from passing cars were met with soft cheers from union members while workers who crossed the picket line were mostly met with silence. More workers arrived as the morning went on and Milan workers expected the crowd to grow this afternoon and tomorrow morning.

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Milan workers hoped that the strike would end quickly, but were prepared to continue the strike until they received increased benefits.

John Deere Davenport Works

Over 50 union workers lined the two entrances for the Davenport plant Thursday morning.

John Deere employees picket outside John Deere Davenport Works Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Davenport. Over 10,000 John Deere employees began their strike at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Most of the workers arrived at their post before sunrise, bundled in sweatshirts and hats to brace against the early fall cold. The road was littered with white and blue signs reading “UAW on strike.”

A stream of honks from passing cars expressing solidarity with the workers was always met with cheers from the crowd. When workers crossed the picket line to enter the plant, raucous “boos” and middle fingers were collectively shared across the crowd.


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