According to a Sept. 29 press release from United Steel Workers (USW), 700 Bobcat employees at the company's Bismarck, N.D., facility have voted to unionize. The press release states the election was a "secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)" and that the union will now begin scheduling negotiation dates with Bobcat management.
The Bismarck facility is the primary location for Bobcat excavators, small articulated loaders, mini track loaders and aftermarket parts.
These 700 workers will join other unionized Doosan Bobcat workers at the company's Gwinner, N.D., facility, who are also represented by United Steel Workers. USW also represents workers at AGCO's Hesston, Kan., facility.
The vote comes amid a wave of labor negotiations hitting the ag equipment industry. Last fall, United Auto Workers-represented John Deere workers struck for a little over one month across 9 different facilities, while UAW-represented CNHI workers remain on strike at the company's Burlington, Iowa, and Racine, Wis., facilities since May of this year.