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Ohio IAM Local 912 Authorizes Strike at General Electric

As they head in to negotiations, IAM Local 912 members sent a strong message to General Electric last week with a nearly unanimous strike authorization vote.

“Right now is our time,” Aerospace General Vice President Mark Blondin told members and representatives prior to the vote for IAM Local 912 in Evendale, OH.

“In the past you have agreed to contracts that helped get GE through difficult times, but today is different,” continued Blondin. “Aerospace is on the rise, we need to make up for lost ground and get secure retirements, affordable healthcare and better wages.”

The vote coincided with a pre-negotiations benefits and business update meeting between GE company officials and the General Electric Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC), a main table coalition of 11 unions including the IAM.

“I want every IAM member at General Electric to know that we will use every resource necessary to get them the contract they deserve,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “We must stay strong and keep our solidarity to ensure fair treatment for the working people who have made this company what it is today.”

“We are asking you for your support,” said IAM Collective Bargaining Director Craig Norman, who will be leading negotiations on behalf of the IAM“Solidarity and support for your leadership and the bargaining committee will be key to these negotiations. This vote today is the first step in demonstrating your solidarity and sending a clear message to GE.”

Local 912 is the first of the CBC affiliated unions to hold their strike sanction authorization vote, and their response was loud and clear—voting 98 percent in support of the strike authorization.

The Healthcare Committee Comprised of the CBC Unions Met in Chicago for Several Days to Finalize our Proposals for Affordable Health Care and Improved Benefits for the Upcoming Negotiations to Begin in Cincinnati this June

CBC Negotiation Committee Meets with GE Company

The Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC), main table coalition, recently met with GE Company Officials in Cincinnati, Ohio in a Pre-Negotiations benefits and business update.
Union discussions were led by President and CBC Chairman Carl Kennebrew and IUE-CWA Conference Board Chairman Jerry Carney, while Paul Lalli, Head of Union Negotiations for GE, led the company delegation.
Company representatives provided presentations and discussions on topics such as Active Healthcare, Retirement Income, and Wages & Overtime to include other related benefits.
In addition to the above benefits, GE Overview and Business updates were presented for Aviation, Healthcare, and Power sectors of the business. It was stated that this is challenging times for the GE Company, referencing the decline of stock price from 2015 to 2018.
The company said during these challenging times, competitiveness and managing cost are paramount for the future of GE and its employees. They stated that cuts at the executive level have been made, and structures have been changed, to move the company balance sheet in the right direction.
In 2018 GE’s new CEO signed compensation package of up to $21 Million a year in salary, bonuses and stock for the next four years. In 2019 the CEO will receive an annual salary of 2.5 million, with a bonus of about $3.75 million along with equity awards valued at $15 million.
While GE’s lead negotiator says that there is a long and proud history of GE working collaboratively together with their labor unions, we need to walk away with a contract that is fair to our employees.
Your Union CBC main table negotiators will be meeting April 16, 17, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio to continue to prepare for the official start of negotiations in June 2019. The Healthcare CBC subcommittee will be meeting on April 10-12, 2019 for continued work on the proposals.

CBC Negotiation Committee Meets in Lynn

The General Electric Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) recently met in Lynn, Massachusetts, a meeting hotsed by IUE-CWA Local 201. All committee members were provided a tour of the Lynn GE Facility. Discussions were led by IUE-CWA Acting Conference Board Chairman and Lead Negotiator Jerry Carney and topics included committee structure, future timeline for negotiations, and upcoming negotiation preparation meetings.

Discussions were also held on the current environment over wage structures, financial report on the current CBC finances, and pitchouts on contract language, health care and retirement.

IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew provided an update on the progress and commended the negotiation committee on the achievements made in preparing the proposals. President Kennebrew also praised the vision of the committee for formulating a negotiation package on behalf of the membership’s voice.

A contract negotiation communications plan was presented and discussed with the negotiation committee.

The Main table negotiation committee will be meeting with GE Company Official for a benefits update on April 2-3, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH. The Healthcare CBC subcommittee will be meeting on April 10-12, 2019 for continued work on the proposals. The full CBC Steering committee meets in at IUE-CWA Headquarters in Dayton, Ohio April 15-17 to review the work of the subcommittees and put together final demand documents.

General Electric Unions Preparing for Contract Talks

The entire General Electric Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC), a coalition of 11 unions led by IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew, recently came together to tour the Evendale GE Facility in Cincinnati, discuss upcoming negotiations, and establish subcommittees.

CBC Chairman/IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew set the foundation and provided the vision for the negotiations scheduled to start in June 2019, and IUE-CWA Acting Conference Board Chairman and Lead Negotiator Jerry Carney oversaw the subcommittee meetings.  Bargaining subcommittees and chairs were named during this gathering. The chairs named included IAM Collective Bargaining Director Craig Norman (Retirement Chair) and UAW Representative Gary Jordan (Health and Welfare Chair). IUE-CWA Acting Conference Board Chairman Jerry Carney will also act as the Language and Wage subcommittee Chair.

All the unions of the CBC will make sure their members’ concerns are addressed, and the CBC will work hard to secure an agreement that makes life better for the members and their families.

The GE Bargaining Committee’s Health and Welfare subcommittee also met on February 19 at the UAW Solidarity House in Detroit to work on proposals for upcoming negotiations in June. The CBC main table committee and subcommittees are scheduled to meet again on March 11, 2019, in Lynn, MA to continue the work on preparing proposals and tour the GE Lynn facility.

2019 National Negotiations Preparations Underway

The unions of the CBC, under the leadership of CBC Chairman/IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew and IUE-CWA GE Acting Conference Board Chairman Jerry Carney have begun to prepare for the 2019 GE National Negotiations, which begin in June 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. All of the Unions in the CBC are coming together in an unprecedented show of solidarity to visit GE Union Locations and see first hand the tremendous work our members do for General Electric.
The CBC Negotiating Committee has met several times to discuss bargaining structure and the results of the bargaining surveys, and the bargaining subcommittees are for the first time meeting prior to the start of negotiations to help in the formulation of demands.

Daily/weekly bargaining updates will be posted on this site and on the GE Workers United Facebook page. Please check back for more information as we approach the kickoff date.