DAVENPORT, Iowa: A judge on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order that details the conduct of picket workers at the Deere & Co. plant in Davenport.
In seeking the injunction on Wednesday, Deere officials alleged the strikers had disrupted access to the Davenport Works plant and put others at risk.
District court judge Marlita Greve ordered the union to allow only four picketers at a time near the factory gates. The order also prohibited the use of chairs and barrel fires, and prohibited picketers from harassing or intimidating people entering and leaving the factory, the Quad-City Times reported.
Deere spokeswoman Jen Hartmann said the company has sought the injunction to provide a safe environment for contractors and employees, including those participating in the strike.
The injunction prohibits picketing or assembling “near the entrance to the contractor’s door,” which is considered a neutral door that cannot be staked, according to Deere.
America’s united auto, aerospace and farm equipment workers went on strike Oct. 14 after union members overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal. Contract negotiations have resumed.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack met striking workers at the Deere plant in Ankeny on Wednesday. Vilsack told union workers he stood by their side, noting the UAW has long supported him in his political career, WHO-TV reported.
One contract would cover 10,000 striking workers at 14 Deere factories, including seven in Iowa, four in Illinois and one in Kansas, Colorado and Georgia.