Farmers and John Deere suppliers worry about the impact of the current John Deere employee strike. This is the first strike since 1986 during the 1980s farm crisis. More than 10,000 employees at John Deere went on strike last week at 14 factories around the country after the United Auto Workers union rejected a contract offer. Employees rejected a contract that would have provided 5% raises to some workers and 6% raises to others depending on their positions in the factory.
But how does this affect local farmers around the area? The longer the strike continues, the greater the impact will be on communities around the plants and the supply of parts and equipment to John Deere stores and suppliers. Without employees working in the factories, production is at a low, and it is harder to locate parts farmers need. During a busy time like harvest season, having access to parts are crucial for farmers. Hopefully, the John Deere and its employees will find a solution so factories can get back into production and people can get back to work.