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VIDEO: Truck driver opts not to cross picket line during John Deere strike


A truck driver appears to show support for striking John Deere workers at an Iowa facility in this video clip.

On Thursday, approximately 10,000 John Deere workers walked off the job when the company failed to come to an agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union representing employees.

The union is seeking higher wages, better retirement benefits, and improved working conditions.

Workers have gone on strike at more than a dozen John Deere facilities across the country.

In video captured at the Ottumwa, Iowa, plant and shared by Jonah Furman, you can see a semi truck slowly approaching the strike line as workers shout “Don’t do it!” in an apparent attempt to convince the driver not to cross the line. The truck driver can be seen signaling to the striking workers and then honking his horn as he moves past and does not enter the facility.

In recent years, truckers themselves have attempted to organize for various causes, calling for increased oversight on freight brokers, asking for relief from Hours of Service and Electronic Logging Device rules, and voicing disapproval of possible vaccine requirements.


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