10,000 John Deere Workers Poised to Strike – 400 Ketuncky Whiskey Workers Strike – Rural PA Teachers Strike

Heaven Hill whiskey workers on strike in Bardstown, Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Greetings from the Burgh, where fall is slowly starting to settle in. 

Heaven Hill Whiskey Workers Strike 

On Monday, over 400 UFCW Local 23-D members went on strike at Heaven Hill whiskey in Bardstown, Kentucky, after workers voted down a proposed contract by a margin of 372-13.

Workers say that Heaven Hill’s wages are well below the wages of other unionized whiskey makers in the Bardstown, Kentucky area. In addition, Heaven Hill is asking workers to work on weekends when the distillery typically only operates during weekdays. 

“During the pandemic and all that, the company has told us, we’ll remember you all during contract time. Well, contract planning is here,” UFCW Local 23-D project chairman Jerry Newton told WDRB. “They have showed us no appreciation.”

For more, check out WDRB. 

Rural PA Teachers Strike 

Today teachers in rural New Bethlehem, PA, with a population of roughly 900, went on strike after the school board refused to offer a counter-proposal to the union, which had earlier attempted to push back on concession demands by the school board.

The strike comes after the school board proposed that the teachers’ union, the Red Bank Valley Education Association (RVEA), accept a two-year wage freeze and pay more for healthcare out of pocket. 

“When we left the meeting on September 8, the board assured us they would have a comprehensive proposal,” said the RVEA in a statement they posted on Facebook. “The board is clearly trying to play the public relations game and give the appearance of trying to settle.”

For more, check out Explore Clarion. 

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10,000 John Deere Workers Poised to Strike 

This week, over 10,000 John Deere tractor workers from across the United States are voting on whether to strike at ten different facilities. 

The company is demanding that workers, who currently pay no health care premiums, pay 20% of the healthcare premiums. In addition, John Deere is asking for an end to overtime pay if they are asked to work more than eight hours in a day. 

Results are still coming in, but the largest UAW local of John Deere workers, UAW Local 838 in Waterloo, Iowa, voted to strike by a margin of 99.37%, according to the union’s Facebook page. 

Payday will be following the story and update as more becomes known. 

News Happening Elsewhere 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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