United Auto Workers union members ratify Deere contract agreement

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(Undated) -- United Auto Workers union members are going back to work.

The UAW union members voted Wednesday to accept a contract agreement with Deere & Company, ending the month long strike.

In a statement, the UAW announced 61-percent of the union members voted to ratify the contract, John Deere's third offer.

The accepted contract includes an $8,500 signing bonus, a 10-percent raise in 2021, a 20-pecent raise throughout the contract, and increased benefits.

In the statement, UAW President Ray Curry said:

"UAW John Deere members did not just unite themselves, they seemed to unite the nation in a struggle for fairness in the workplace. We could not be more proud of these UAW members and their families."

Thousands of union members in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas will now be going back to work after ending the strike that started on October 14.

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