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Tractors in Dealer LotJohn Deere’s union workers agreed to go on strike at midnight Wednesday for the first time since the 1980s farm crisis. The union’s call for a strike affects more than 10,000 workers at 14 Deere facilities nationally. Meanwhile, the equipment company released a statement early Thursday morning saying they are comitted to reaching a deal with the workers. The first strike was in response to historic layoffs amid the farming crisis. However, this year’s strike is in response to robust profits between $5.7 billion and $5.9 billion during challenging supply chain conditions, working long hours through the pandemic and because companies are facing worker shortages. The impact of the strike could spread further if supply companies for Deere factories begin laying off workers. Pressure will be placed on Deere from suppliers and customers needing parts for Deere equipment to settle the strike rapidly. Read more on the strike here.

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