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UAW Local 647 Strike Authorization

UAW Local 647, Unit # 2 and Unit #7 has completed the process for strike authorization, on May 15, 2019, concerning the 2019 CBA with General Electric. The membership gave a 94% approval, to take action, if necessary. Both Units are currently in negotiations, locally, with GE. Tim Mason, President of UAW Local 647 stated, “The UAW needs to address local issues, as well as master agreement issues such as, job security, benefits, to include a more sincere commitment from GE to the members in the bargaining unions of the CBA, for our sites. We want to position GE for future success; however, that same commitment must include our future success as well. Hopefully, local negotiations will be close to an understanding, prior to the June 3 date for the master agreement negotiations. Once that is completed, the UAW will go back to the table locally, with GE, to complete the collective bargaining process. The CBC has met numerous times to prepare for this negotiation and we are ready to bargain in SOLIDARITY!”

USW Local 1017 Votes to Authorize Strike Action!

The members of USW Local 1017 in Logan, Ohio have voted unanimously in favor of strike authorization! Local President Travis Rosser reports that the membership is 100% behind the CBC Bargaining Team.

“I used to call our brothers and sister the frustrated 50,” said Rosser, “But as of last month, we are down to the furious 44. Our members are tired of getting beat up like they have been in the last few contracts.” President Rosser also noted that his membership is very pleased at the CBC approach this negotiations.

“We have been lighting up homes and business for 70 years here at Logan Glass Plant. We have gave wage concessions and worked short staffed when they claimed they need us to do so. The company has completely beat us up on our insurance cost, and they still continue to take from those workers that build the house, our retirees. It’s time to stop all the corporate greed. If the mismanagement keeps on, it will be lights out in Logan.”
-Travis C Rosser
USW Local 1017 President

Strike Authorization Votes Continue!

The membership of IUE-CWA Local 83701 in Madisonville, Kentucky voted unanimously on April 25 in support of the strike authorization for the 2019 GE national contract negotiations.

At the meeting, the membership spoke of the losses we have endured over the last several contracts just to sustain the business. Local President Andrew Blades stated,”2019 is a new time for the business and a time for the membership to get their fair share! We also have to remember all those Retirees who built the foundation we have today. We need to build from that not allow any more destruction!” President Blades and the other members of the Coordinated Bargaining Committee will kick off bargaining in Cincinnati, Ohio in June.

Milwaukee, Waukesha IAM Local 1916 Members Gearing Up for Contract Talks with General Electric

IAM Local 1916 members at General Electric (GE) sent a strong message of solidarity to the company through a nearly unanimous strike sanction vote in Milwaukee and Waukesha last week.
The action comes as the General Electric Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) – a coalition of 11 national unions, including the IAM, representing 6,600 workers – are gearing up for contract talks with GE in early June.

IAM members at 1916 made their voices heard loud and clear,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “This strike sanction vote is a show of solidarity and an indication of our members’ willingness to fight for a fair and equitable contract.”

The IAM represents workers at four Locals involved in the GE coordinated collective bargaining agreement: IAM Locals 78 and 1916 in Milwaukee and Waukesha, IAM Local 912 in Evendale, Ohio, and IAM Local 439 in Warren Heights, Ohio.

IAM Local 1916 members at GE produce and tests x-ray tubes and detectors, the main components in assembling CT scanners.

Bargaining on behalf of IAM members under the coordinated GE contract is led by the IAM Collective Bargaining Department located at IAM Headquarters.

“I am very proud of all our members at GE for standing strong before these very important negotiations,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “You have the solidarity of 600,000 Fighting Machinists from across North America behind you.”

“These members have taken a very important step toward showing the company that we mean business,” said IAM Collective Bargaining Director Craig Norman. “We are laying the groundwork for a strong, united group for negotiations.”

The CBC will be meeting May 17-18 at the IUE-CWA Represented GE Aviation Strother Field plant in Arkansas City, for a plant tour and rally/picnic.

The Strike Votes Continue!

Milwaukee, Waukesha IAM Local 78 Members at General Electric Gearing Up for Contract Fight

IAM Local 78 members at General Electric (GE) sent a strong message of solidarity to the company through a nearly unanimous strike sanction vote in Milwaukee and Waukesha last week.
The action comes as the General Electric Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) – a coalition of 11 national unions, including the IAM, representing 6,600 workers – are gearing up for contract talks with GE in early June.

“We proudly support the strike sanction vote of IAM Local 78 members at General Electric in Milwaukee and Waukesha,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “This vote not only represents our members’ solidarity, but it also represents their vested interest in achieving a fair and equitable contract.”

The IAM represents workers at four Locals involved in the GE coordinated collective bargaining agreement: IAM Locals 78 and 1916 in Milwaukee and Waukesha, IAM Local 912 in Evendale, Ohio, and IAM Local 439 in Warren Heights, Ohio.

IAM Local 78 members at GE ensure manufacturing and support equipment used to make health care equipment are in peak operating condition.

Bargaining on behalf of IAM members under the coordinated GE contract is led by the IAM Collective Bargaining Department located at IAM Headquarters.

“The entire IAM stands behind every IAM member and all of the GE Coordinated Bargaining Committee as they go into negotiations,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “We will continue to use every resource available to us to get a fair and equitable contract for these hard-working men and women.”

“I am seeing our coalition getting stronger by the day,” said IAM Collective Bargaining Director Craig Norman. “We’re going to be ready to go into negotiations and give everything we’ve got to get what our Brothers and Sisters deserve.”

The CBC will be meeting May 17-18 in Arkansas City, Kansas for a tour of the IUE-CWA represented GE Aviation’s Strother Field plant and a kickoff rally for National Negotiations.

Strike Authorization Votes Continue!

On April 16, 2019 the members of IUE-CWA Local 1004 in Arkansas City, Kansas voted unanimously to support a Strike Authorization for the 2019 GE National Contract Negotiations.  The members of Local 1004 are prepared to fully support the International IUE-CWA and the CBC negotiating committee.  Local President Jake Aguinaga spoke proudly of his members and their resolve, ”Because of the hard work of our members, GE Aviation has been very successful, and it’s time we received our fair share of that success.  Our members are no longer willing to accept concession bargaining.”  That message was loud and clear on April 16th when the members voted unanimously in favor of the Strike Authorization Vote.

The officers and members of Local 1004 are proud to host the Unions of the CBC on May 17th and 18th for a tour of the GE Strother Field plant and a Local 1004 Negotiations kick-off picnic/rally!

 

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.