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UE-GE National Contract Negotiations 2007

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Tentative
Agreement Ratified

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 , 2007 — By a substantial margin, UE members in the GE chain have ratified the proposed 2007-2011 National Contract between UE and GE.

The voting was conducted over the past several days by UE-GE local unions across the country. The tentative agreement had been recommended for acceptance by the UE-GE Conference Board at its meeting held in New York City on June 19th.

The new contract is effective retroactive to June 18th and will run until June 19, 2011.

SEE ALSO: Retirees Win First Structural Pension Increase in Seven Years!


MEMBERS VOTING
Summary of 2007-2011
UE-GE Tentative Agreement

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 , 2007 — A UE-prepared summary of the 2003-2007 UE-GE Tentative Agreement is now available online.

UE members in UE-GE local unions will be voting on the proposal during the next week, with voting to conclude by no later than Thursday, June 28th. We will post an announcement about the results when they become available.


PREVIOUSLY POSTED
UE-GE Conference Board
Recommends Tentative Agreement

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2007 —The UE-GE Conference Board, meeting in New York this morning, has voted to recommend acceptance of the tentative agreement reached Sunday with General Electric (GE) for a new National Contract. The UE-GE Conference Board is made up of representatives from UE-GE locals nationwide.

This morning's action follows separate decisions made Sunday by the UE Negotiating Committee and the CBC Steering Committee to recommend acceptance.

The proposed contract now goes to UE locals, which will be taking ratification votes. More information will be available Wednesday afternoon.


PREVIOUSLY POSTED
Tentative Agreement Reached

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2007 — A tentative agreement was reached Sunday at the small table between the CBC unions and GE for a new four-year contract.

The full GE negotiating committee met Sunday evening and voted unanimously to recommend acceptance of the tentative agreement to the UE-GE Conference Board, which will meet on Tuesday morning in New York City.

The CBC steering committee is also unanimously recommending acceptance of the tentative agreement.

By agreement with GE, details of the proposed new contract will be withheld until approximately 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, to allow the GE Conference Boards of both the UE and the IUE-CWA time to consider the agreement and make recommendations to their respective memberships. As in the past, we expect to provide a summary of the tentative agreement on the UE web Wednesday afternoon.

UE was represented at the small table by Conference Board Secretary Steve Tormey and General President John Hovis.

Negotiations Summaries

UE began negotiations with GE on Tuesday, May 22nd;  the IUE-CWA began its talks the day before. UE and the IUE-CWA hold national agreements with GE while members of 11 other unions are covered by local agreements. In all, 13 unions bargain jointly with GE and work together through the Coordinated Bargaining Committee of General Electric Unions (CBC).

We are posting negotiation summaries as they become available following bargaining sessions in New York. As in past years, we expect to have our summary posted the morning after a session has concluded.

News and Background Information

NEW:
Retirees Win First Structural
Pension Increase in Seven Years!

As part of the tentative agreement for a new four-year National Contract, GE has agreed to “recommend” to its Board of Directors implementation of a structural increase in retirees pensions, the first since 2000. Read More ...

March and Rally
UE Local 731 Members
March for Decent GE Contract

Members of UE Local 731 conducted an impromptu rally and picket at the end of the first shift on Tuesday, June 12. "We have a lot of issues that we’re concerned about in negotiations," said Joe Leavery, the local’s vice president ... Read more ...  

CBC RALLY, June 2nd
Thousands Rally in Erie
For Just and Fair GE Contract

Thousands of enthusiastic GE workers from several CBC unions filled Erie’s Civic Center arena Saturday for a rally in support of contract fairness ... Read more ...  

CBC RALLY, June 2nd
Solidarity Messages From
Unions Around the Globe

UPDATED! Messages of support and solidarity from unions in a number of countries were cheered enthusiastically at the CBC rally in Erie. Read them here ...  

MAY 30th, 2007
UE Local 506 Members
Strike Over Subcontracting

The 3,800 members of UE Local 506 conducted a grievance strike against subcontracting by the General Electric Company Wednesday ... Read more ...

Unity, Solidarity and a Message
To GE; Local 332 Members Rally

The Friday before UE-GE national bargaining opened in New York, UE Local 332 members in Fort Edward, NY, were making sure GE got their message . We've got photos ...

UE Local 751 Members Demonstrate
'We're Ready' for Bargaining

UE Local 751 members took their bargaining demands for 2007 to the plant gate at GE's Niles/Mahoning plants in Ohio on May 11. We've got photos ...

GE RITUAL BACK IN FOCUS:
GE's 'Self-Interview' On Negotiations:
Casey at the Bat

One of GE's pre-contract rituals has always been to have the head of their negotiating team "interview" himself about upcoming negotiations. We take a critical look at the latest issue of a GE publication called "Focus" (which GE is mailing out to thousands of CBC members), containing the self-interview of GE's Union Relations manager, Bill Casey. Not surprisingly, we provide very different answers to the important questions facing us in upcoming bargaining. Here's our focus ...

RALLY IN ERIE
GE Retirees Demonstrate Their RAGE

Retired GE workers demonstrate in Erie to demand a badly-needed increase in their pensions. Retirees' leader Ron Flowers said it's been seven years since GE last adjusted its pensions for retirees, making an increase long overdue. Here's the story ...

UE-GE 2007 NATIONAL CONTRACT:
UE-GE Conference Board Reviews Proposals,
Prepare For Start of Negotiations

Delegates from UE-GE locals have reviewed and finalized proposals for national contract bargaining, which starts on May 22 in New York City. The union's proposals cover a range of issues .... (UE News) ...

GE Rakes in Record Profits ...
And Goes on a Buying Spree

With $20.7 billion in profits (that's $2.3 million dollars an hour), GE posted yet another year of record profits and revenues in 2006. At the same time, GE has been spending money on acquisitions, a stock buy-back program and increased dividends (UE News) ...

No Reason for GE Health Care Cost-Shifting,
Tormey Tells IUE Local 201 Meeting

Health care will be the subject of direct attack during this year's GE negotiations, despite the company's soaring profits and below-average insurance cost increases, according to UE-GE Conference Board Secretary Steve Tormey. Enthusiastically received at a meeting of IUE-CWA Local 301, Tormey stressed that unity is the only way GE worker can fight back (UE News) ...

UE-GE 2007 NATIONAL CONTRACT:
UE-GE Conference Board, Locals
Prepare For Start of Bargaining in May

The need for preparation and membership involvement were two important recurring themes as delegates to the UE-GE Conference discussed contract demands and strategies in preparation for the start of national contract negotiations with the General Electric Company in May. The current contract expires in June ... (UE News) ...

Multi-Union GE Meeting Begins
Preparing for Negotiations

Unity and joint action between the U.S. unions representing GE workers will be essential keys to success in this year's upcoming negotiations. Planning for joint cooperation between local unions got underway last year at a meeting held by the Coordinated Bargaining Committee of GE Unions (CBC) (UE News) ...

Background

HOW IT WORKS:
Some GE Bargaining History You Should Know

Here's a brief history of union bargaining with General Electric, updated for 2007, that answers some commonly-asked questions about how and where bargaining takes place and the role of the Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) of GE unions ...

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