Union workers at two CNH Industrial plants will continue their strike after a majority of them rejected the company’s latest contract offer. Quad Cities television station WQAD reports that 55 percent of United Auto Workers members who work at the plants in Iowa and Wisconsin rejected the deal that CNH called their “last, best and final offer”. One worker told the station that the contract offered was the bare minimum, while another said the proposal didn’t go far enough in terms of policy changes. The two unions went on strike in May, seeking better wages and improved health benefits. A news release from UAW says that their bargaining committee will discuss their next steps.
In response to the vote, a CNH Industrial spokesperson told Quad Cities television station KWQC that the new contract would have provided wage increases between 25 and 38 percent over the next four years, and that they hope the union’s membership would reconsider the agreement. The company went on to state that while they awaited the union’s next step, CNH would, quote: “remain committed to honoring and meeting the needs and demands of our customers and, therefore, we will continue operations at both our Burlington and Racine sites.”