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Striking UAW members say dispute is about dignity and respect

Yesterday, John Deere told UAW union officials that what they put on the table this weekend is their "last, best offer." Will it end the nearly three-week strike? We’ll find out Tuesday when union members vote on the latest offer. The contract in dispute represents thousands of workers at twelve Deere locations in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas. The Iowa plants include factories in Ankeny, Davenport, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo.

Tyler Jett of the Des Moines Register and Paul Iversen of the University of Iowa Labor Center join Ben Kieffer to discuss the latest from the UAW strike.

Later, Chenue Her of "Good Morning Iowa" on Local 5 News in Des Moines recently joined the station as a news anchor, which makes him the first male anchor of Hmong decent in the United States. Her reflects on his upbringing in St. Paul, Minnesota, how he got into journalism and what his presence on TV means for his community.


  • Tyler Jett, jobs and economy reporter, Des Moines Register
  • Paul Iversen, labor educator and coordinator of the quality pre-apprenticeship program at the University of Iowa Labor Center
  • Chenue Her, anchor of “Good Morning Iowa” on Local 5 News in Des Moines
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River