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JOHN DEERE: Dubuque Plant To Layoff 65 Workers

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John Deere Dubuque Works announced Thursday they will be laying off 65 employees in the manufacturing section, according to John Deere’s public relations director Ken Golden.

The company informed 65 employees Thursday they will be indefinitely laid off, effective June 24.

Though Deere’s recent earning reports have been strong, Golden said, the company has not seen the sales and demand they predicted at the beginning of their fiscal year in November in the construction and forestry division, which is the equipment the Dubuque plant manufactures.

To remain competitive with the global workforce, Golden said, the company determines employee needs at each individual factory according to market demands.

Golden said those being laid off would be the first to be called back if the jobs opened back up, but he said those workers may choose to seek employment elsewhere. He said those laid off will receive compensation through the union and unemployment benefits.

He also said, as per John Deere’s union agreement, the layoffs were made according to seniority.

Thanks to KWWL for this story.