Employees at John Deere factory in Leesburg ratified a tentative labor agreement Saturday evening, ending a strike that started the morning of Sept. 12.
The agreement, the union said, allows new hires to unionize and covers issues including pension preservation and health care contributions.
The strike — one of the longest in the company’s recent history — began when roughly 1,350 workers rejected a contract proposed by the United Auto Workers union on Thursday, the fifth day of the work stoppage.
A one-tenth of a percent pay raise has been a top demand for the workers since the negotiations began July 18.
Company spokesman Nathan Hund said Saturday evening that John Deere has reached a five-year agreement with employees. In addition to paying a one-tenth of a percent raise for all employees — 1,350 members in Leesburg — workers at the plant on Dividing Lake Road near the Virginia-Maryland line will see total compensation increase to $75,000 a year, up from $73,000 per year. The hourly rate to start is $24.15 an hour.