John Deere Says It’s Laying Off 145 at Eastern Iowa Plants

Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – John Deere has announced more layoffs at two eastern Iowa plants.

The company said Monday that 115 workers in Waterloo and 30 in Davenport would be placed on indefinite layoff by the end of September.

UAW Local 838 shop chairman Tim Niedert told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that the layoffs came as no surprise. On Friday the Moline, Illinois-based company announced its 10th consecutive quarter of year-over-year earnings declines, citing continuing downturns in the agriculture sector.

UAW Local 838 President Tom Ralston says 663 Waterloo workers are still on indefinite layoff from Deere following a pair of major workforce reductions announced in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015.

A company representative didn’t immediately return a message from The Associated Press.

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