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Deere, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement: The farming equipment company and the United Auto Workers union said they reached accord on a tentative contract that affects about 10,500 workers at Deere & Co. facilities in six states. In their joint statement, Deere and the UAW would not reveal the terms of the tentative pact, which was reached late Sunday. The union's local chapters were scheduled to vote on the proposed contract at meetings this weekend. UAW Secretary Treasurer Bill Casstevens said in a statement that the proposed deal assures job and income security for UAW members at Deere. Moline, Ill.-based Deere is the world's largest maker of agriculture equipment.

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