Updated May 26, 2022, 11:20 a.m. CST
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Summary of Updates:
- UAW Targets CNHI Tiered Pay System, Wage Gap vs. Non-Union Plants
- CNHI, UAW Release Statements on Status of Negotiations
- What’s Holding Up Negotiations Between CNHI & UAW?
- UAW Spokesman: Neither Side is Talking
- Talks Between CNHI & UAW Resume
- CNHI Reportedly Cancels UAW Employees' Healthcare
- Survey: CNH Dealers Forecast Lost Revenue From Strike
- Titan International CEO on Effects From CNH/UAW Strike
- UAW Local President Expects Strike to Last ‘3-6 Months’
- CNHI & UAW Were 'Very Far Apart' on Important Issues, Says CEO
- Former CIH Dealer: Dealers Should 'Watch Every Nickel & Dime' During Strike
- CNHI 'Disappointed' Parties Could Not Reach Labor Agreement
- UAW CNHI Workers Go on Strike
- UAW Bargainers Set Strike Deadline for 12PM CST
- UAW & CNHI Extend Current Labor Agreement 'Hour-by-Hour'
- Survey Shows 65% of Dealers Worried About Impact of CNH/UAW Contract Negotiations
- UAW Workers Vote for Strike Authorization in CNHI Negotiations
- CNHI Exec Says Company is Confident in 'Productive Solution' In UAW Negotiations
- How 'Pattern Bargaining' Could Affect the CNHI/UAW Negotiations & Non-Union Factories
- [On the Record] CNH Industrial UAW Contract Set to Expire in April
- CNHI & UAW to Negotiate New Labor Contract in April 2022
- UAW Confirms CNH Industrial Contract Up for Negotiation in 2022
May 26, 2022
According to a May 20 report from Labor Notes, UAW workers want CNH Industrial's three-tiered pay system, as well as the wage gap between union and non-union CNHI plants, gone.
"At the core of the strike is the company’s three-tier pay system. Workers hired before 1996 make $6 to $8 more per hour than those hired after 2004; those hired between 1996 and 2004 earn somewhere in between. Workers want to see at least the bottom tier abolished," the report stated.
The report also quoted UAW Local 807 President Nick Guernsey in an interview with the Hawk Eye, saying CNHI's non-union plants make an estimated $5.50 more per hour than UAW workers.
The Labor Notes report also addressed the workers' concerns with CNHI's attempts to reorganize the workers' schedules.
"The company wants to rearrange schedules into what it calls a 'continental shift' structure, where workers would flip back and forth between day and night shifts and no longer get Sundays off, to make the plants operate 24/7," the report said.
"It takes five years to reach two weeks of vacation time, and 15 years to earn a third. And a lot of that vacation time gets gobbled up by the plant’s annual shutdowns, rather than used at a time of workers’ choosing."
May 26, 2022
Both CNH Industrial and United Auto Workers have released statements regarding the status of their contract negotiations after it was reported that both parties had left the bargaining table. CNH Industrial emailed the following statement to Ag Equipment Intelligence on May 25.
Last week, CNH Industrial and the UAW resumed negotiations. After meeting multiples times on Tuesday (May 17) and Wednesday (May 18), the Company presented the Union with an all- encompassing, comprehensive document, which addressed all open and outstanding issues. Unfortunately, the Union declined to meet or allow the Company to present and explain its position and proposal and indicated that they would not allow their members to see the proposal. The Union then left and discontinued bargaining. While the Union indicated that they were ready to resume the negotiations at the beginning of the week, we were very disappointed in their decision to walk away.
CNH Industrial is proud of the comprehensive offer it made to the Union on May 19. The terms of this Final Offer include significant economic improvements for employees over the terms contained in the Company’s last proposal given to the Union on May 1. We hope that the Union shares the terms of the Company’s Final Offer with its members. After being on strike for more than three weeks, the CNH Industrial employees deserve to know what the Company has offered.
On May 25, UAW Vice President Chuck Browning released its own statement, which reads as follows:
Today CNH Industrial released a statement regarding the status of contract negotiations with the UAW. In response to the company’s statement, the UAW provides the following assessment of negotiations.
CNH Industrial entered negotiations with a predetermined bargaining strategy based on the principles of fear and intimidation. After a month of offering little resolve to bargaining issues submitted by UAW members themselves, the UAW utilized the authority granted by an overwhelming majority of our membership and took strike action against CNH Industrial. The company immediately deployed a scab workforce that they assembled prior to the contract deadline in anticipation of a strike that was quite predictable based on their posture at the bargaining table.
It is the hope of the company to starve out UAW members on the picket lines to accept an inadequate collective bargaining agreement. Unfortunately for CNH Industrial, our members have displayed great support and solidarity for their issues and negotiating team throughout the bargaining process.
Currently, UAW Local Unions across the country are conducting gate collections to help sustain our UAW CNH members throughout their struggle for a decent living. I could not be prouder of our striking members at CNH for refusing to be pushed around by a profitable corporate giant that has chosen to spend their money resisting a fair agreement instead of providing one to their loyal employees.
In summary, the company’s latest proposal falls short of our member’s bargaining agenda. Our bargainers are meeting with our members and communicating the areas of concern that remain unresolved.
I understand the company’s frustration that their bargaining strategy to force an inadequate contract down our member’s throats remains ineffective. Additionally, it appears based on their statement, the company seems just as disappointed in the determination of the UAW negotiators as we are with the content of their proposal.
Regardless of what CNH Industrial calls their most recent proposal, they are obligated to continue bargaining with the UAW, which they understand. Their most recent statement is merely an effort, no doubt recommended by a union busting consulting firm, to avoid sincere bargaining with the hopes of getting members to cross the picket lines or accept an inadequate contract, to which neither will transpire. The only path to ending this labor dispute is through reaching a fair agreement that is ratified by our UAW membership. The UAW remains committed to reach that end.
May 25, 2022
Negotiations between CNH Industrial and United Auto Workers (UAW) have hit a standstill, according to UAW Local 807 President Nick Guernsey.
“We’d started making some progress, and both sides seemed like they wanted to put an end to this. We gave a clear path Wednesday night [May 18] on how to end it,” Guernsey told Ag Equipment Intelligence during a May 20 phone interview. “Thursday morning, CNH Industrial handed us a proposal, and it was nowhere near what we talked about. So we decided at that point, there was no sense in wasting anybody’s time.”
What’s Holding Up Negotiations? Guernsey says wages, healthcare options, over time and vacation time have remained hurdles during negotiations with CNH Industrial. He said part of CNH Industrial’s proposal included removing “headcount” and “plant closure” language from the contract, which address CNHI’s ability to close its UAW-represented plants and how many people they need to employ at once.
“The plant closing language just states that during the life of the agreement, they agree not to close the plant. It’s been standard practice for years,” said Guernsey. “The head count language means we have to keep a certain number of people, say 300, employed at all times at the factory. That was one of the first things they’d taken out on their very first proposal.”
Guernsey said the union was attempting to add a form of cost of living adjustments (COLA) in the new contract similar to what Deere employees won last fall but that CNHI was “100% against it.”
Guernsey did state the union was not planning to call off the strike without a contract, contrary to a rumor previously covered by WSWS.
3- vs. 6-Year Contract. Guernsey always said CNH Industrial is looking for a 3-year contract vs. a 6-year contract, something he says isn’t standard practice.
“Everybody’s got their own take on this,” he said. “Either they’re banking on the economy crashing in a couple of years, or they do have plans to close one or both the plants. In our eyes, this is not even on the table as an option.”
May 23, 2022
According to a May 23 article by Michaele Niehaus of The Hawk Eye, talks between United Auto Workers (UAW) and Case New Holland (CNH) Industrial were halted Thursday after a proposal from the company that included increased wages that would be largely offset by more costly health insurance.
"Neither side is talking," Nick Guernsey, president of UAW Local 807, told The Hawk Eye on Monday as the strike by about 430 unionized employees at CNH's Burlington plant entered its fourth week. "The end of last week, we weren't gaining any traction, and it just kind of got to a point where there's no sense of wasting anyone's time."
The article states that Guernsey and UAW representatives were in Madison, Wis., last week to meet with CNH as the parties resumed talks for the first time since the May 2 strike.
The article notes that CNH’s proposal included a raise of 8.5% that averages to 6% for the next 3 years, but the insurance package would come with higher per-worker contributions and higher deductibles.
May 20, 2022
According to a May 18 report from The Hawk Eye, CNH Industrial and United Auto Workers have been in Madison, Wis., since Monday working on a new labor contract.
UAW Local 807 President Nick Guernsey told The Hawk Eye he didn't expect an agreement to be reached by the end of the week, but that progress is being made.
"We're going in a positive direction," Guernsey told The Hawk Eye. "As long as both sides are talking, I'm pretty positive we're going to get in a direction we need. It just might not happen this week."
CNH Industrial reportedly agreed to begin talks again after a written proposal came from UAW on May 13.
May 7, 2022
According to a May 7 Facebook post from UAW Local 180, CNH Industrial has notified United Auto Workers that it will cancel its UAW employees' healthcare plans effective May 13. Ag Equipment Intelligence has reached out to CNH Industrial to confirm this.
May 6, 2022
A recent survey from Farm Equipment, conducted from May 3-4, found that 79.7% of CNH dealers (both Case IH and New Holland dealers) forecast some degree of lost new wholegoods revenue if the ongoing strike lasts 30 or more days.
Over 40% of surveyed CNH dealers forecast a new wholegoods revenue loss of 1-10% should the strike last 30 days or more, while 21.3% forecast a loss of 11-20%. A little over 10% of dealers forecast a loss of 21-30%, with just 5.3% forecasting losses of 31-40% and 2.1% forecasting a loss of 41-50%. A little over 20% didn't project any new wholegoods revenue loss.
Only 28% of surveyed CNH dealers said they had increased their equipment and/or parts orders leading up to the strike.
Dealers of all brands were asked to agree or disagree with a series of statements related to the strike. The statement that saw the most agreement from dealers asked if they agreed that concessions made at this point in the strike would create price increases and offshoring of production in the future, where 91.2% of dealers agreed. Another 76.9% of dealers agreed that CNH Industrial would make a good-faith effort to resolve the strike.
Just under half (47.9%) of all surveyed dealers said they believed the strike would be resolved shortly, while just 23.8% said they believe striking workers deserved what they are seeking in negotiations.
When looking at only responses from Case IH and New Holland dealers, 51.9% said they believe the strike will be over shortly and 83.5% said they believe CNHI will make a good-faith efforts in negotiations.
For additional information on the survey results, click here.
For a full list of dealer commentary from the survey, click here.
May 5, 2022
During Titan International's 1Q22 earnings call, when asked about the effects the ongoing strike by UAW CNH Industrial workers would have on Titan International following the announcement of its long-term agreement with CNHI in March, CEO Paul Reitz stated he was confident in CNHI's leadership and wasn't concerned about adjusting production schedules.
"I have a lot of confidence in CNH's leadership, but from Titan's side, you look at where we sit, where we have a strong order book, the demand we have for tires — we can adjust our deliveries. At this point I don't see us adjusting our production schedules but really adjusting our allocations and our delivery schedules as CNH works through their situation if needed.
"At this point, I'm not going to draw conclusions. Again, it's day two, but if needed, we can adjust. I don't see that having a significant impact from how we continue to operate day-to-day."
May 4, 2022
In a May 3 phone interview with Ag Equipment Intelligence, United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 807 President Nick Guernsey said he told his members to expect to be out of work for 3-6 months.
“I think what’s going to get CNH Industrial back to the table is when they start losing money, and they’ll probably start feeling it at 4 weeks. I’ve told my membership to expect CNHI to keep us out for 3-6 months,” said Guernsey.
CNHI CEO Scott Wine stated in the company's 1Q22 earnings report May 3 that the company was willing to meet the union at the bargaining table "at any time."
Ag Equipment Intelligence sent the facts of Guernsey’s following statements to CNH Industrial to verify their authenticity but did not receive a response.
Replacement Workers & Productivity. On May 2 at noon, around 1,200 CNHI workers represented by UAW walked out of the manufacturers’ Burlington, Iowa, and Racine, Wis., factories after CNHI and UAW failed to reach an agreement on a new labor contract. Guernsey said as his members walked out, replacement workers walked in.
“They had replacement workers in town a week before the contract expired. So in my mind, this was a premeditated strategy,” said Guernsey. “We have 440 members in our facility, so they’re probably going to bring in about 1,000 people. Sometimes things struggled to get done in a perfect environment, and they’re bringing in people who have never touched this stuff.”
Guernsey said when UAW employees were working at the Burlington factory, their goal was to ramp up production from 26 to 30 tractor loader backhoes per day.
“I do know CNHI is paying new workers a much higher wage than what we were even asking for, along with bonuses and extra money for their salaried employees,” said Guernsey.
What Halted Negotiations? As the president of one of the local unions represented in the contract, Guernsey was present during negotiations with CNHI and said the two parties “weren’t making a lot of headway” when the union set a strike deadline the morning of May 2.
“We had a proposal ready Sunday night at about 9:45 PM. That meeting lasted maybe 5 minutes. Words were said by both sides that I’m not going to repeat,” said Guernsey.
He said there were several issues at play when negotiations hit an impasse over the weekend, including CNHI union jobs paying less than CNHI’s non-union factory jobs.
Guernsey said he was not able to disclose details of the union’s proposed contract.
What Happens Next? Guernsey said the union will pay UAW workers $275 per week in strike pay if they perform their strike duties and will provide them with “a major medical plan with no copay.” He says that extends to new hires that “signed a union card and chose to walk out the door with us.”
During UAW workers’ strike at Deere’s factories last year, John Deere stated it would “continue providing healthcare for all our UAW-represented production and maintenance employees.”
“At the end of the day, neither side wins on a strike. And the customer suffers,” Guernsey said.
May 3, 2022
During CNH Industrial's 1Q22 earnings call on May 3, CEO Scott Wine stated that, after several weeks of negotiating with United Auto Workers (UAW), when the previous labor contract expired, "we remained very far apart on important issues."
"The union's decision to strike was disappointing," said Wine. "We had several weeks of constructive dialogue, but when the contract expired, we remain very far apart on some important issues. The very nature and purpose of a strike is to disrupt our business and create concern amongst our customers. Despite that intent, CNH Industrial is committed to reaching an agreement with United Auto Workers."
Wine stated the company was willing to meet the union at the bargaining table "at any time" and intended to continue operations through a contingency plan "that should minimize the impact on our operations."
When asked during the Q&A portion of the call if the company's projected increase in production levels was contingent on the strike ending, Wine declined to confirm if it was, stating the following:
"The strike is very unfortunate, but we knew it was a possibility. And it's very unfortunate. We certainly want to get our team in Racine and Burlington back as quickly as we can. But we built our plan so that we can operate. And really, it's 2 of our 38 plants. It's overall, I think, well below 10% of our global production. And we are continuing to operate the plant. I would not say the forecast we just provided was contingent upon any aspect there. We plan for higher labor costs. We knew there was labor risk, and we planned for those contingencies, and we'll continue to work as quickly as we can towards a negotiated settlement that's beneficial of all parties."
May 2, 2022
Mark Foster, former vice president at 17-store Case IH dealer Birkey’s Farm Store, said if he were back sitting in a dealership right now, he'd be very cautious of his expenses during the strike United Auto Worker CNHI employees called today during a phone interview with Ag Equipment Intelligence.
"I would make sure I was watching every nickel and dime that I could, because if you don't have equipment to sell, it's a domino effect. And it will affect your bottom line. I would be very cautious with my expenses that I could control."
Foster added that, considering CNH Industrial's profitability, he believes UAW workers will do whatever they can "to enhance their position."
"Reflecting back on the Deere strike that happened not too long ago, with the amount of profit Deere made, I was kind of surprised it was settled as easily as it was.
"With the CNH Industrial strike, I'm sure that Case has done well financially. And I would say the workers want their share, and anything that they can do to enhance their position, I think they're going to try to do it, and that's what they're doing right now with this strike."
May 2, 2022
Ag Equipment Intelligence reached out to CNH Industrial for a statement regarding the strike called today and received the following response:
CNH Industrial is disappointed that the parties were unable to reach an agreement and that the UAW has decided to call a strike. We recognize the Union’s decision creates high anxiety among our represented employees in Burlington and Racine, as well as our other employees, our customers, and our community. We remain committed to reaching an agreement, and we are working to resolve this issue. We will continue to negotiate in good faith and trust that the Union will do the same.
May 2, 2022
According to a news release from UAW, CNH Industrial workers in Racine, Wis., and Burlington, Iowa, have gone on strike as of 12PM CST, May 2, 2022.
The press release reads as follows:
UAW CNHi members struck at noon, May 2, after the company failed to present an agreement that met member demands and needs.
“Our members at CNHi strike for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules,” said Chuck Browning, vice president and director of the UAW’s Agricultural Implement Department. “We stay committed to bargaining until our members goals are achieved.”
UAW President Ray Curry said the almost one million UAW retirees and active members stand in solidarity with the striking workers at CNHi. “All UAW members are united with UAW CNHi workers,” Curry said.
Curry noted that, “UAW CNHi members have worked through the pandemic after the company deemed them essential, to produce the equipment that feeds America, builds America and powers the American economy. They are a strong united union voice on the picket line they can make a difference for working families here and throughout the country.”
Over 1,000 members at CNHi locations in Racine, Wis., and Burlington, Iowa, set up pickets. “Our members are working in solidarity and ready to hold out and fight for a contract they believe meets their needs,” said Ron McInroy, director of UAW Region 4. “Our members and their families appreciate the community support they have already gotten. Strikes are never easy, but the fight for better working conditions at work is worth it.”
A Facebook post from UAW Local 180 in Racine, Wis., posted shortly before noon, reads as follows:
By order of Vice President Chuck Browning, Region 4 Director Ron McInroy and UAW/CNH Council President Rich Glowacki the UAW has officially called a strike at 12 noon today, when the lunch bell rings walk out in an orderly manner, be law abiding citizens do not sabotage equipment or put yourself in jeopardy.
May 2, 2022
According to a news release from UAW, "after agreeing to extend the current collective bargaining agreement hour by hour on May 1, UAW CNHi bargainers have set a strike deadline of noon (Central Time), May 2."
May 1, 2022
According to a press release from UAW posted to UAW Local 180's Facebook page, United Auto Workers and CNH Industrial have agreed to extend the current labor contract "hour-by-hour as the parties continue to make progress towards reaching a tentative agreement."
The Facebook post included the following caption along with an image of the official press release:
We are extending the contract hour by hour. We are close but we’re not there yet. There will be more information in the very near future. Report to work on Monday as normal until you hear different from the leadership.
April 28, 2022
A recent survey from Farm Equipment found that 64.8% of surveyed dealers indicated they were worried about the impact ongoing contract negotiations between CNH Industrial and United Auto Workers could have on their business. Some 25.4% of surveyed dealers were not concerned, and another 9.8% were unsure.
In their commentary, many dealers referenced ongoing supply chain issues in the ag equipment industry, stating a strike could make the situation even worse.
"Supply chain is backed up now, and we are not getting equipment in a timely manner. If they end up striking, this will make that situation even worse for us and our customers," said one dealer.
"[We are] 8-9 months behind on production now, I can't imagine a strike would help much. Although, if it is short-lived, maybe it will give some time for supply chain issues to catch up," said another dealer.
One non-CNHI dealer saw the strike as a potential business opportunity, saying, "John Deere went through a strike and didn't miss that much due to the supply chain issues that continue to impact the business. We may pick up some business, because customers will be looking for items that cannot be sourced through their New Holland or Case IH dealership."
One New Holland dealer stated they were more concerned about CNH Industrial itself than the strike, saying, "As a New Holland dealer, I am more concerned with leadership and direction or lack thereof within CNH."
April 11, 2022
UAW Local 180 and 807 members passed a strike authorization over the weekend in the union's ongoing negotiations with CNH Industrial. UAW Local 807 posted on Facebook that 97.4% of its members vote for the strike. A representative for UAW Local 180 confirmed in a phone interview with Ag Equipment Intelligence that the local's members had voted in favor of strike authorization but did not give disclose the voting results.
The vote does not call a strike but instead gives the union the ability to call a strike on the workers' behalf should they feel it necessary.
The union’s contract covering Case IH workers will expire on April 30, 2022.
March 8, 2022
In a Feb. 22 interview at CNH Industrial's Capital Markets Day, Derek Neilson, president, Agriculture at CNH Industrial, says the company has begun negotiations with UAW regarding the upcoming labor contract and has a good relationship with the union.
When asked about the potential for a work stoppage and the contingencies the company would have in place, Neilson said the company had analyzed what the contingencies might look like and added, "But ... we're still confident we can have a productive and positive solution with UAW. So at this point, we're not expecting to implement any counter measures."
Feb. 17, 2022
Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago Peter Norlander said in a recent interview with Ag Equipment Intelligence that many unions engage in what's called "pattern bargaining," where a successfully ratified contract will be taken to other contract negotiations to win other workers the same benefits. He believes the same may happen with the contract that UAW John Deere workers ratified in late 2021.
"What UAW is going to try to do is use the Deere contract as a pattern for other negotiations," he said. "That's historically what they do. It's called 'pattern bargaining,' and whatever they get from the first employer, who's up for negotiation — and they tend to be strategic about who they want to negotiate with first — they then try to repeat the same deal in the companies in the same industry.
"The reason they want to do that is they don't want these companies competing against each other based upon lower wages. So they want to take wages out of competition. And the companies then compete based upon product quality or service or relationships with customers.”
He adds that this same mentality can even affect non-union workplaces, where UAW can show non-union workers what they've won with Deere and offer to win those other non-union workers the same benefits. Those employers may also be inclined to improve their own workers' benefits to avoid a union coming into those factories.
"Even in a non-union environment, such as at Kubota, they're affected by the union contract too," he said. "So they're going to see, ‘Okay, workers got this deal with a union. We need to make sure we're offering something not too much worse, or we're going to have a union in our workplace.’
“And you can imagine the UAW can tell the workers, ‘Look at what we got from Deere.’ And so the effect of a contract can change non-union as well as union workplaces."
For a more detailed explanation of how union negotiations work, click here to listen to a Farm Equipment interview with Norlander exploring the topic.
Feb. 10, 2022
In this episode, we discuss the upcoming contract negotiations between CNH Industrial and the United Auto Workers for two of the OEM's plants.
Feb. 10, 2022
According to statements from union officials, United Auto Workers will begin negotiating a 6-year contract with CNH Industrial in early April of this year. UAW International Director of Public Relations Brian Rothenberg confirmed in an email that the union’s contract covering Case IH workers will expire on April 30, 2022.
Workers at two factories are covered under this contract: the Burlington, Iowa, plant which manufactures tractor loaders, backhoes, bulldozers and corn and auger heads and the Racine, Wis., plant which manufacturers the Magnum series tractor. Workers at the Burlington factory are represented by UAW Local 807 and those at the Racine factory are represented by UAW Local 180.
Farm Equipment spoke with UAW Local 807 President Nick Guernsey for additional details about the upcoming contract, which he says will cover about 1,200 employees. He stated the local unions will begin prepping for negotiations in mid-March, with formal negotiations beginning in early April.
Guernsey says the outcome of the UAW strike at John Deere factories last fall will impact what the unions looks for in the Case IH contract.
“Obviously, with John Deere, it kind of put us into a different position. They hit it out of the ballpark," he says. "They did something that probably we’ve never seen and may never be seen again. So, what we’re looking at, at this time, for our contract is we want to maintain industry standards. We want to be competitive within the industry, and the only way to do that is to up some of the things that were lacking in the contract, wages being one, and benefits.”
Ag Equipment Intelligence reached out to CNH Industrial about the negotiations and did not receive a response.
2021 Deere Strike
The upcoming negotiations between CNH Industrial and UAW follow a month-long strike that occurred last fall as 10,000 UAW-represented John Deere workers rejected two tentative labor agreements before ratifying the third by a vote of 61% to 39%. The first agreement was rejected by 90% of UAW John Deere workers. During the strike, Deere was granted an injunction against striking workers at certain factories to limit their picketing and at one point ended negotiations entirely.
A November 2021 survey from Farm Equipment found roughly 54% of dealers at the time did not support the strike, while 37% said they did and 8.5% weren’t sure.
In the earnings call for John Deere's fiscal year 2021 earnings report, John Deere execs shared details of the UAW strike’s financial impact on the company. Director of Investment Relations Josh Jepsen said, “Over the six-year contract, the incremental cost will be between $250 million and $300 million pretax per year, with 80% of that impacting operating margins.” He adds that Deere expects equipment operations for the coming first quarter to be unchanged year-over-year, as “missing a few weeks plus of production will neutralize some of the benefits … of ramping up to higher line rates in December and January.”
Click here for an in-depth timeline of how the 2021 John Deere strike unfolded.
2004 CNHI Strike
CNH Industrial last faced a strike with UAW workers back in 2004, which a 2004 report from FarmProgress stated was centered around “the company's desire to align union worker compensation and health care more closely with the company's many non-union employees.” The report stated that, at the time, around 650 of CNH Industrial’s 10,000 North American employees were represented by a union.
"Since CNH began discussions with the UAW almost a year ago, we have had one objective in mind: to achieve a contract that is fair and equitable for all parties, enabling us to be competitive in the global marketplace we serve," said CNH Chief Negotiator Tom Graham said in the 2004 FarmProgress report. "Our final proposal encompassed the changes needed to begin to bring labor costs at our UAW-represented facilities from double the average cost levels of our other North American manufacturing facilities to an acceptable level."
Oct. 21, 2021
While discussing the status of UAW John Deere workers' strike, Brian Rothenberg, UAW director of public relations, stated Caterpillar’s contract is also up for renegotiation in 2023 and both Case IH and New Holland’s labor contracts expire in 2022.