February 4, 2023

John Deere will continue to cover strikers’ health insurance, bonuses

Deere & Co. will continue to provide health insurance and pay performance bonuses to striking employees.

The ag and construction machine maker based in Moline, Illinois, announced in a statement Friday that the 10,100 United Auto Workers members on strike will continue to receive their benefits. They will also receive the performance bonuses they earned for exceeding target production goals before the union went on strike Oct. 14.

“John Deere’s healthcare and (performance) incentives are critical aspects of John Deere’s industry-leading wages and benefits,” company spokesperson Jennifer Hartmann said in a statement. “We are taking these steps to demonstrate our commitment to doing what’s right by our employees and focusing on all that we can achieve together.”

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UAW picketers march across the street outside of Deere & Co., makers of John Deere products, in support of employees on strike, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Ankeny.

The company and union agreed to a performance bonus system in their 2015 contract, which expired last week. Deere gives different teams performance targets, and those that exceed targets receive bonuses every 13 weeks.

The company pays those bonuses out at different times for each team. But some employees posted online this week that they did not receive the payments they thought were due to them this week, based off work they did before going on strike.