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Oct. 21 (Reuters) – An Iowa judge granted Deere & Co (DE.N), the world’s largest farm equipment manufacturer, a temporary injunction against striking union members entering the facilities of Davenport Works of the company or block its entry and exit.
The activities of unionized workers were “unwarranted, inadmissible and illegal,” wrote Marlita Grave, chief justice of the Seventh Judicial District of Iowa, in an order Wednesday.
Although the injunction does not entirely prohibit the strike, the judge limited the number of picketers to a maximum of four at each door of the establishment.
When asked for comment, Brian Rothenberg, spokesperson for the UAW union that represents workers, said the union was not discussing ongoing legal issues.
Deere, in a statement, said the injunction was put in place to allow safe entry and exit of the facility.
“Deere & Company has been given (the order) to maintain a safe environment for all of our employees and contractors, including those who report for work and those who exercise their right to strike,” the company said in a statement. .
The move is the latest step in a fight for wages, benefits and better working conditions, with Deere workers joining thousands of other American workers who have gone on strike in recent months. Read more
It also comes in the middle of the corn and soybean harvest season in the United States, when farmers are struggling to find parts for tractors and combines. Read more
Earlier this month, Deere and the UAW struck a six-year collective agreement after weeks of negotiations over wages and other benefits, but 90% of union workers voted against the deal. Read more
Reporting by Tina Bellon in Austin, Texas and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by David Gregorio