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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!

CBC Negotiations Day 17 – Friday June 21, 2019


As Retirees rally in front of GE Global Headquarters: At the Company’s request, our CBC International leads returned to meet today. The CBC International leads will meet with the Company to listen to the Company response to suspension of contract negotiations. The CBC and GE are discussing logistics at this time, in an effort to return back to the main table.

Upon returning to the main table, the CBC will resume discussing, researching, and deep-diving and exchanging proposals with the GE negotiating team. Topics of discussion include Health Care, Retirement, Overtime, and Wages. Jerry Carney IUE-CWA Conference Board Chairman and our CBC negotiating team are standing strong to bring back a fair and equitable contract for the membership.

Solidarity For a Secure Contract!

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Watch the Retiree Rally GE Global June 21, 2019

CBC Negotiations Day 16-Thursday June 20


​The current GE contract with the Union Coordinating Bargaining Committee (“CBC”) composed of the IUE-CWA, UAW, IAM,USW, IBEW and IFPTE, expires on June 23, 2019. GE and dozens of International and Local representatives of these unions have been locked in negotiations in Cincinnati, Ohio since June 2, 2019. The parties have met every day since then and have discussed, researched and deep dived the entire range of issues under the collective bargaining contract.

​At this point, the Company has agreed to some minor improvements to the contract but the key issues of wages, overtime, health benefits and retirement have not yet been agreed upon. The parties met today and the Company provided an amended Overtime offer and a proposed wage package. Both are entirely unacceptable to the CBC Unions and our members.

​It has been 50 years since the last contract strike at GE but we have not forgotten how to fight for our rights. IUE-CWA Conference Board Chairman Jerry Carney stated that “We are prepared to work around the clock with GE to negotiate a decent contract. But GE has to know that the terms it put on the table will lead to only one result – a general strike of all GE employees. We told GE this afternoon that we were suspending negotiations and would return to the table when they had a decent proposal to offer.”

​We will keep you updated if and when negotiations continue. Remember, solidarity is our strength

CBC Negotiations Day 16-Thursday June 20

The Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) has made the decision to break-off the small table subcommittee meetings. Their tasks of discussing, researching, and deep diving the proposals was well served. The subcommittee members will be returning as a main table unit under IUE-CWA Lead Negotiator Jerry Carney to complete negotiations with GE.

The CBC main table will be working diligently day and night to bring these negotiations to an end. As previously identified, the main table is made up of twenty-six (26) members of all the CBC unions including union leaders from the international level and local union representation and is led by CBC Chairman Carl Kennebrew and Lead Negotiator Jerry Carney. As we continue through the negotiation process, two additional representatives from each CBC Local will observe and provide support to the CBC main table.

The CBC main table will be working to identify which proposals can be tentatively agreed upon with the Company. The CBC will need to continue discussions on Healthcare, Retirement, Overtime-and the long-waited Wage proposals. The CBC main table will continue negotiating throughout the week with GE to bring closure to negotiations and a fair and equitable contract to the membership.

CBC Negotiations Day 15 – Wednesday June 19, 2019 Activate Live Program

Please see the attached Link for Activate Live Program with Jerry Carney, IUE-CWA Conference Board Chairman and CBC Lead Negotiator, update the membership on the Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee’s (CBC) negotiations with GE. Additional main table union leader’s comments include: Craig Norman – IAM Director of Collective Bargaining, Gary Jordan – UAW International Representative, Randy Middleton – IBEW Director of Manufacturing and Alex Luniewski – IFPTE Local 147 President.

Reminder: Thursday June 20, 2019 is Show your Support for negotiations: Wear your Black T-Shirt.

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CBC Negotiations Day 15 – Wednesday June 19, 2019

The Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) Unions had many delegates travel into Cincinnati Monday. The CBC main table coordinated a full CBC update with all union delegates in attendance and are continuing these updates nightly.

Tuesday, delegates were updated again on the status of negotiations and the projected schedule for the remaining negotiations. The CBC had originally planned to perform a package presentation to the delegates today, however, discussions in subcommittees continue and a final package has not been reached.

Initially, the CBC had identified Thursday, June 20th as the intended wrap up day in Cincinnati. The current process, however, is likely to extend to the expiration of the CBA. The CBC is working hard to bring a fair and equitable package to the membership.

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CBC Negotiations Day 14 – Tuesday, June 18, 2019

While the Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) subcommittees worked on outstanding issues this morning, over two hundred UAW and IAM retirees and delegates assembled outside the GE Evendale, OH facility. IUE-CWA, IBEW, USW & IFPTE showed their solidarity by participating. The retirees and delegates rallied to voice their concerns over GE reducing health care, pensions and other retirement and life benefits. Carl Kennebrew, IUE-CWA President and CBC Chairman, noted, “GE would not be the profitable company it is today without Union retirees who labored for the company for many years! GE needs to honor our retired members and keep their promises.”

See video link of the Evendale rally below:

CBC Negotiations Day 13 – Monday, June 17, 2019

The Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) is entering the third week of negotiations with GE. Week one included initial passing of comprehensive proposals by the CBC and GE. Week two incorporated the forming of subcommittees to perform the task of discussing, researching and deep diving the proposals with guidance and directives being provided by the CBC main table.

The CBC believes subcommittees will wrap up their tasks of identifying the impact of Company proposals and making suggestions on future proposals by mid-week. Subcommittee discussions, many lasting late into the night, were beneficial in identifying the proposals impact to each local union.

As additional delegates from CBC local unions travel into Cincinnati today, main table negotiations will continue with two representatives from each local union in the gallery. In an effort to enhance communications, between the negotiation leaders and all delegates, the CBC main table will meet nightly with all union delegates to update them on daily progress. The CBC main table will continue throughout the week negotiating with GE to bring closure to negotiations and a fair and equitable contract