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IUE-CWA GE National Bargaining team Update

The IUE-CWA GE National Bargaining team is pleased to announce that the tentative contract agreement vote has taken place at all IUE-CWA GE Locals and 100% of the Locals have voted to accept the agreement. That is a 100% “Yes” per capita vote. Individual “Yes” votes by percentage is 77% of members voting. The 2019 IUE-CWA GE Contract is therefore ratified. Thank you to all of our Local officers who worked hard to answer members’ questions and all of our members who took the time to vote.

Updated IUE-CWA and GE Tentative Agreement

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IUE Reaches a Tentative Agreement

The IUE-CWA GE Conference Board Negotiating Committee met with GE management in an effort to enhance the original tentative agreement. Although the Company did not accept all of our proposed improvements, we are pleased to announce we were able to achieve significant movement in three key areas: healthcare costs; general wage increases; and the reinstatement of cost-of-living- increases (COLA’s).
​We feel this is a package that our members can be proud off. Your negotiating team unanimously endorses it. The IUE-CWA GE Conference Board delegates overwhelmingly voted to accept. It will be sent to our membership for a ratification vote Tuesday August 13, 2019.
​In Unity,
​IUE-CWA GE Conference Board Negotiating Committee


Brothers and Sisters, the IUE CWA GE Conference Board negotiating committee met with GE negotiators today to discuss the key issues in the 2019 negotiations and gave the Company their proposals. IUE CWA union leaders from Lynn, Schenectady, Strothers, Madisonville, Salem, Bucyrus and Service Centers, discussed specific issues affecting members at those sites. The day concluded with GE caucusing to discuss the Union proposals . Negotiations will resume tomorrow morning. In Unity, IUE CWA GE Conference Board.

IUE-CWA GE Members

We have heard from our members; many are anxious for the future, but remain committed to achieving a fair contract. The IUE-CWA represents more GE workers than any other union. Our number one priority has always been, and continues to be, to bargain the best possible contract for our members.

To that end, we have worked to move forward the date to resume bargaining. We will now meet with the Company on August 4th. We will continue to press for a contract that our members will ratify. At this time, we have not issued a ten-day notice to end the current agreement. It is our feeling that our members should be able to continue to work and provide for their families as we continue to bargain.

We are stronger when we stay united. We will post updates as soon as we have further information.

Jerry Carney, Acting Conference Board Chair & the IUE-CWA GE National Bargaining team

IUE-CWA National Bargaining Committee – July 23, 2019

IUE-CWA Bargaining Committee is waiting for GE to finalize a date for us to return to the table. The company is meeting today to answer questions for the other CBC Unions—none of whom have yet taken a membership vote to either ratify or reject the TA on the table. To date, IUE-CWA is the only Union which has voted on or turned down the TA. We will keep you updated as soon as we hear from GE and agree to a time and date. In their email to the membership, GE used the words “re-vote.” To be clear, we will “re-vote” when we have met with GE and have a NEW TA to vote upon, per the IUE-CWA GE membership.
–Jerry Carney, Acting Conference Board Chair

IUE-CWA National Bargaining Committee – July 19, 2019

Brothers and Sisters, the IUE-CWA Bargaining Committee has been in Dayton, Ohio this week working on demands for when we return to the bargaining table with GE. We have spent the week analyzing the ratification vote and reviewing our members’ concerns. We have spoken directly with some local Executive Boards on key issues for their memberships. It is accurate that certain benefits such as the Supplements to the Pension and SERO/PCPO have expired. While the bargaining team will fight hard to recover any and all expired benefits, the contract rejection has had an impact on benefits. We appreciate the IUE-CWA membership’s patience and support as we work hard to rectify the situation. We will of course post any updates on next steps as they occur.

In Unity, IUE-CWA National Bargaining Committee

GE Contract Ratification Results – July 10, 2019

As we reported last night, the majority of individual IUE-GE members voted to approve the contract; however, our position is that the GE Conference Board Rules established in the IUE-CWA Merger Agreement is the controlling document, so the Per capita vote controls. A per capita vote means that if 50% plus one members voted “No” at any location, the entire local membership is recorded as having voted “No” and the same applies if 50% plus one voted “Yes.” The Per Capita vote results are 1,591 yes and 2,001 no, so the contract is hereby rejected.

We will be contacting GE to notify them of the results. GE’s obligation to bargain continues.
We will post updates as soon as we have further information.

CBC Negotiations – Monday June 24, 2019

At 8 p.m. on Monday June 24th a handshake agreement was reached between the IUE-CWA and GE. The IUE-CWA Local Union delegates will vote tomorrow morning on whether to recommend the Agreement to their members, and will be returning to their Locals to share the details of the agreement with union members. The agreement must be ratified by the membership in order to take effect.
The other CBC Unions will also take the contract back to their memberships.
The Agreement includes several general wage increases spread over four years and controls employee healthcare costs. The specific details of the agreement will be available at your Local Union. Thanks everyone for your solidarity during the process!