John Deere workers prepare to strike

Negotiations between Deere & Co. and union officials come to an end as 10,000 of the company’s United Auto Workers-represented employees appear on strike at midnight on Wednesday.

Contacts at Deere told FOX Business on Wednesday evening that talks are ongoing and they hope to reach an agreement. The United Auto Workers told FOX Business that there had been no update and reiterated that the strike deadline was 11:59 p.m.

The John Deere logo is displayed on a tractor at Belkorp Ag on May 20, 2016 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) (Justin Sullivan)

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On Monday, more than 90% of workers at 14 plants across the United States turned down Deere’s offer that would have increased salaries for some workers by 5% and for others by 6% and increased retirement benefits for existing employees.

Several Deere & Co., Iowa employees told the Des Moines Register that their supervisors had told them not to show up for their shifts on Wednesday.

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John Deere tractors. (Photo by Jeffrey Greenberg / Universal Images Group via Getty Images) (Jeffrey Greenberg / Universal Images Group)

The farm equipment manufacturer from Moline, Illinois has not seen a workers strike in 35 years. But with labor shortages across the country and Deere posting record profits, workers now feel it is time to stand their ground and ask for more.

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A Hirsch & Co. tractor and round baler for sale at a John Deere dealer in Shelbyville, Kentucky (Photographer: Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg via Getty Images) (Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg)

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“The whole nation will be watching us,” Deere employee Chris Laursen told the newspaper. “If we stand here for ourselves, our families, for basic human prosperity, it will make a difference to the entire manufacturing industry. Let’s do it. Don’t be intimidated.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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