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John Deere Waterloo Works lays off 42 employees

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UPDATE: In response to the layoffs announced in Waterloo, lawmakers and United Auto Workers 838 expressed their disappointment.

"My heart goes out to Iowans across the district who are losing good-paying jobs at John Deere because of the ongoing trade war and uncertainty with China this administration started over two years ago. I’ve made it my mission in Congress to uplift the stories of what is happening on the ground in Iowa and the critical link between our agriculture and our manufacturing economy. We’ve held hearings in my subcommittee, brought in Iowans to hear their stories, had trade representatives in my office to make sure they heard those stories and continue to uplift this to White House officials.I will continue to have the backs of folks in my state because I am worried every single day for the future of Iowa’s families. Whether it’s our small towns or our bigger cities, the impacts of the policies of this administration’s policies have cost us real jobs.I am heartbroken for our neighbors in Waterloo, Dubuque, and Davenport who have lost good paying jobs at John Deere that our hard-working families rely on, and our office is ready to support those families in any way we can."

Rep Abby Finkenauer, Iowa District 1

We are disappointed to confirm that 42 employees of Waterloo Works and members of UAW Local 838 are going to be placed on indefinite layoff starting May 4th, 2020. We are forming informational meetings here at the Local to ensure our members are aware of any and all benefits that have been negotiated for them. We would appreciate the communities support for all effected in the Cedar Valley during this downturn.

Tim Frickson, President UAW Local 838

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- 42 employees of John Deere Waterloo Works will be placed on indefinite layoff effective May 4, 2020.

Jennifer Hartmann with John Deere says this is being done as a result of the company's effort, " to become a leaner, more efficient organization throughout the enterprise, both in the production and salary workforce. "

Here is a list of other recent layoffs Hartmann provided:

  • At Coffeyville, 50 production employees were placed on indefinite layoff in September and 16 employees were placed on indefinite layoff November 25, 2019.
  • At Harvester Works, 50 production employees were placed on indefinite layoff effective October 28, 2019
  • At Davenport Works, 113 production employees were placed on indefinite layoff, effective November 18, 2019 and 57 employees were placed on indefinite layoff effective January 6, 2020
  • At Des Moines, 23 production employees were placed on indefinite layoff effective December 15, 2019 At Seeding/Cylinder Moline, 12 production employees placed on indefinite layoff effective January 6, 2020
  • At Dubuque Works, 105 employees were notified of an indefinite layoff effective April 6, 2020
  • Late last year, Deere announced a voluntary separation program offered to certain segments of the US. Active salaried employees. Deere deployed this voluntary separation program to create a leaner, more focused organization that is agile and has the skills and competencies needed for the future.

Sara Belmont

Assistant News Director

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