Deere & Company and United Auto Workers Open Contract Negotiations


    MOLINE, Ill., Aug. 25 /CNW/ -- The United Auto Workers and Deere &
Company jointly announced today that they have begun collective bargaining on
a new master agreement covering approximately 9,500 represented employees at
15 John Deere facilities. The current agreement became effective October 1,
2003. It expires at midnight September 30, 2009.

    After this announcement, the company and union leadership have agreed to
not make public comments on contract issues during negotiations.

    "Our goal is an agreement that benefits our members, Deere & Company, and
the communities where we work and live," said UAW Vice President Jimmy
Settles, who directs the union's Agricultural Implement Department.

    "We look forward to mutually beneficial discussions and a successful
completion of the collective bargaining process," said Ken Huhn, vice
president of labor relations, Deere & Company.

    The locations represented by the UAW/Deere Master Factory Agreement
include the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, IL; John Deere Seeding
Group/Cylinder Division in Moline, IL; John Deere North American Parts
Distribution Center in Milan, IL; John Deere Davenport (IA) Works; John Deere
Des Moines (IA) Works; John Deere Dubuque (IA) Works; John Deere Ottumwa (IA)
Works; John Deere Waterloo (IA) Works; John Deere Engine Works (Waterloo);
John Deere Waterloo Tractor, Cab Assembly Operations; John Deere Product
Engineering Center (Waterloo); John Deere Foundry (Waterloo); and parts depots
in Atlanta and Denver. The John Deere Coffeyville (KS) Works will also be
covered by the upcoming agreement.


For further information:

For further information: Ken Golden, Director, Strategic Public
Relations of Deere & Company, +1-309-765-5678; or Sandra Davis of United Auto
Workers, +1-313-926-5291 Web Site:

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