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Farmers and Deere & Co. suppliers are worried about what the strike at the tractor maker’s factories will mean for their livelihoods. More than 10,000 Deere employees went on strike last week at 14 Deere factories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia after the United Auto Workers union rejected a contract offer. The longer the strike continues, the greater the impact will be on the communities around the plants. Iowa farmer Lance Lillibridge, who is president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association board, said he worries about not being able to get parts if his John Deere combine breaks down during harvest. 

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An 11th-hour deal has been reached and a strike that would have shut down film and television productions across the U.S. was averted. The union representing most of the crew members who work on movies and TV shows reached a contract agreement Saturday with the studios who employ them. Disagreements over working conditions prompted the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to vote to authorize their leaders to call a strike for the first time in the union’s 128-year existence, and a Monday deadline had been set. But it never came to that.

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Matthew Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), poses for a portrait at IATSE offices in Burbank, Calif., Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. The union says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Matthew Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), poses for a portrait at IATSE offices in Burbank, Calif., Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. The union says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers have walked out strike after the United Auto Workers union said negotiators couldn't deliver a new agreement that would meet the “demands and needs” of workers. The vast majority of the union rejected a contract offer earlier this week that would have delivered 5% raises to some workers and 6% raises to others. Thirty-five years have passed since the last major Deere strike, but workers are emboldened to demand more this year after working long hours throughout the pandemic and because companies are facing worker shortages. Illinois-based Deere says it’s committed to resolving the strike with an agreement that benefits all employees.

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John Deere Dubuque Works union employee Steve Thor pickets outside UAW Local 94 in Dubuque, Iowa, on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike Thursday, the first major walkout at the agricultural machinery giant in more than three decades. (Jessica Reilly/Telegraph Herald via AP)

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John Deere Drivetrain Operations workers in Waterloo, Iowa, stand on the picket line at the plant as the UAW officially started its strike on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike Thursday after the United Auto Workers union said negotiators couldn't deliver a new agreement that would meet the “demands and needs” of workers. (Chris Zoeller/The Courier via AP)