Des Moines Register: The United Auto Workers union has called a strike of Deere & Co. for the first time in 35 years. After negotiating with the Moline, Ill.-based agricultural and construction equipment manufacturer for two months, the union announced just after midnight that its 10,100 members in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas would go on strike and begin picketing outside of Deere’s plants. Deere is one of Iowa's largest industrial employers, with about 6,600 UAW-represented workers in the state.