Quad-Cities small businesses offer discounts to Deere strikers – Quad City Times

Shadoe Beard of Coal Valley, a striking UAW worker at John Deere Seeding Group, has his hair cut by Dawn Dunbar owner of A Hair on Fifth Ave, Monday in Moline. UAW workers are getting haircuts for $5 at A Hair on Fifth Ave. The salon is one of many businesses giving discounts for services to striking John Deere union workers.
Shadoe Beard of Coal Valley, a striking UAW worker at John Deere Seeding Group, has his hair cut by Dawn Dunbar owner of A Hair on Fifth Ave, Monday in Moline. UAW workers are getting haircuts for $5 at A Hair on Fifth Ave. The salon is one of many businesses giving discounts for services to striking John Deere union workers.
Shadoe Beard of Coal Valley, a striking UAW worker at John Deere Seeding Group, has his hair cut by Dawn Dunbar owner of A Hair on Fifth Ave., Monday in Moline. UAW workers are getting haircuts for $5 at A Hair on Fifth Ave. The salon is one of many businesses giving discounts for services to striking John Deere union workers.
Eight UAW women on strike have scheduled with Molly Gates for a pay-as-you-can haircut at Studio 23 in Moline. Her colleague, Ashley Paitten Christensen, specializes in men’s cuts, and has a similar roster.
Both Gates and Paitten Christensen are closely connected to the strike. Gates’ husband and Paitten Christensen’s father are UAW members, so they brainstormed how they could use their talents to support the strikers.
“They sacrifice a lot to do what they do for Deere,” Gates said. “It’s the least we could do.”
As the largest strike at John Deere in more than 30 years continues, small businesses in the Quad-Cities are offering free or discounted goods and services for union workers and their families ranging from free burgers and alcohol to discounted haircuts and furnace repair.
Quad-Cities small businesses and nonprofits, too, are donating directly to picket lines, stocking striking workers with meals, snacks and hand warmers and firewood to keep warm on the line. The community support, many union workers and families say, is good for morale and a help while money is tight.
“It honestly just helps 100% with the stress,” one striking UAW worker said while getting their hair trimmed. “Knowing that we’ve got the backing of the community to help throughout all of this — it was this or shave my head.”
All proceeds from union workers’ pay-as-you-can haircuts from the two women will go toward purchasing supplies for striking workers — hand warmers, firewood, and more, Gates said. She’s even had people reach out asking to sponsor union workers’ haircuts.
Dawn Dunbar, owner of A Hair on Fifth salon in Moline, too, knows what it’s like to support a family through a union strike. That’s why she’s offering a $5 hair cut to any UAW members who walk through the doors of her shop.
“Some guys get their hair cut every two or three weeks,” Dunbar said. “That can add up.”
Her husband worked for McLaughlin Body Co. in 2004, when workers went on strike for months after voting down a contract offer. At the time, they were trying to make ends meet with two kids and a small union paycheck. Because the strike was before social media rose to prominence, she didn’t remember any widely publicized discounts from businesses.
“I’ll be honest with you, in 2004, I don’t remember if there were many opportunities like this,” Dunbar said. “We didn’t have social media at the time.”
Here’s a list of ongoing discounts for John Deere employees on strike. Dozens more small businesses and nonprofits have donated meals, snacks, coffee and water, posted signs and offered social media support. A list compiled by union supporters totaled more than 115 businesses.
Food and alcohol
Food pantries
–        SouthPark Mall food pantry, River Bend Foodbank
–        NorthPark Mall food pantry, River Bend Foodbank
Haircuts
Entertainment
Other

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Sarah is the Bettendorf, East Moline, and Silvis reporter for the Quad City Times covering local government and news in the those areas. She graduated from the University of Iowa this spring and was the editor of the student-run newspaper The Daily Iowan.
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Shadoe Beard of Coal Valley, a striking UAW worker at John Deere Seeding Group, has his hair cut by Dawn Dunbar owner of A Hair on Fifth Ave, Monday in Moline. UAW workers are getting haircuts for $5 at A Hair on Fifth Ave. The salon is one of many businesses giving discounts for services to striking John Deere union workers.
Shadoe Beard of Coal Valley, a striking UAW worker at John Deere Seeding Group, has his hair cut by Dawn Dunbar owner of A Hair on Fifth Ave, Monday in Moline. UAW workers are getting haircuts for $5 at A Hair on Fifth Ave. The salon is one of many businesses giving discounts for services to striking John Deere union workers.
Shadoe Beard of Coal Valley, a striking UAW worker at John Deere Seeding Group, has his hair cut by Dawn Dunbar owner of A Hair on Fifth Ave., Monday in Moline. UAW workers are getting haircuts for $5 at A Hair on Fifth Ave. The salon is one of many businesses giving discounts for services to striking John Deere union workers.
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