John Deere strike has become harder for the strikers


The strike began on October 14th which has put John Deere on the defensive . Striking UAW workers say a judge’s order limiting their picketing activities outside a Davenport plant was issued improperly, and they want the temporary injunction vacated immediately. Attorneys for the Davenport-based UAW Local 281, which is in ongoing labor-contract negotiations with Deere & Co., say a judge in Scott County took only Deere’s side of the story when issuing the injunction last week. The order directed striking UAW members to limit to four the number of picketers near gates at Davenport Works, and banned burn barrels and lawn chairs, among other restrictions. In their motion filed Monday to vacate the order, the union’s attorneys said Judge Marlita Greve wrote her six-page order within two hours of receiving Deere’s complaint and request (even using Deere’s language, verbatim, in her ruling). Attorneys Mark Hedberg, and Nathaniel Bolton of Cedar Rapids-based Hedberg & Boutlon, argue that injunction orders must contain affidavits and/or sworn testimony as evidence of allegations made in Deere’s motion to restrict strike activities. Instead, Deere merely supplied the court with several copies of a prepared document, signed by a half-dozen delivery drivers. Meanwhile, the USW was not given an opportunity to respond to the claims nor supply its own evidence, the attorneys wrote. In fact, they said, the union was not notified Deere was seeking an injunction until Greve had agreed to it. This will be a long haul for the picketers with John Deere pulling a court trick like that.