While traveling in Iowa this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered his support to striking John Deere workers. Visiting union members outside a Deere and Company plant in Iowa, the Secretary told picketers, "You work hard, and you deserve a fair price and a fair deal," according to Reuters.
The Deere employees, represented by the United Auto Workers, are joining thousands of others who have gone on strike in recent months. The workers are demanding higher pay and better working conditions.
Vilsack told the workers he would be happy to tell Deere Chief Executive Officer John May how important it is to resolve the dispute quickly and fairly.
Officials with Deere have repeatedly insisted they want to resolve the strike and maintain their workers status as the best paid in the industry. The strike began earlier this month after 90 percent of hourly workers rejected the company’s contract offer. Roughly 10,000 employees are on strike at 14 Deere locations in the United States.