All UE locals whose members work for General Electric and are covered by the UE-GE National Agreement have ratified a new four-year contract with GE. A tentative agreement was reached between the union bargaining committee and the company on June 21, the expiration date of the previous contract. In the nine days that followed, UE locals distributed contract summaries to their members, held meetings, and conducted voting on ratification. The largest UE local in GE, Local 506 which represents 3,200 workers at the locomotive plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, voted today.
UE-GE CONFERENCE BOARD VOTES TO RECOMMEND TENTATIVE GE AGREEMENT
june 23, 2015
NEW YORK CITY
The UE-GE Conference Board voted today to recommend to the membership the Tentative Agreement which was hammered out at the CBC small bargaining table on Sunday night. The CBC was represented at the small table by UE, IUE-CWA, UAW, IAM, and IBEW.
Tentative Agreement Has Solid Gains and Protections
Click the link below to read the summary of the Tentative Agreement with GE reached Sunday night. This summary will be distributed to UE members who work for GE, with meetings and voting scheduled by locals in the next several days.
The UE-GE Conference Board, composed of delegates from UE locals in GE, met Monday afternoon in New York to review details of the tentative settlement agreement between the company and the union. They studied a written summary of the agreement, heard International Rep. Gene Elk present the agreement, and asked questions.
The Conference Board decided to meet again early Tuesday morning to vote on the tentative agreement. Their decision will be a recommendation to the membership of the UE locals in GE to accept or reject the agreement.
The small table committee of the Coordinated Bargaining Committee of GE Unions reached a tentative agreement with GE Sunday evening. The UE-GE Conference Board, consisting of delegates from UE-GE locals, will meet Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in New York City to review the proposed agreement and to recommend action to the membership of the locals. More details to follow.
With expiration of the contract looming in a little more than 24 hours, we cannot report any meaningful progress in Saturday’s negotiations. Despite the strenuous efforts of union negotiators who met with GE for most of the day, the company stubbornly refused to budge on the major issues.
With less than 72 hours remaining before the National Agreement expires, little progress was made at the small table today. CBC negotiators representing UE, IAM, UAW, IBEW, and IUE-CWA had erroneously hoped that yesterday’s progress on small contract issues could create a path toward agreement on the tough issues.
Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) negotiators representing UE, IUE-CWA, IBEW, UAW, and IAM met with GE at the so-called small table during a session which extended beyond 6:00 p.m. Thursday. For the first time since negotiations began, there is some muted optimism because tentative agreements were achieved on some small issues. During the afternoon session agreements were forged on improvements in dental care, vision care, educational loan assistance, dependent life insurance, adoption assistance, and some other subjects.
Union negotiators for the Coordinated Bargaining Committee of GE Unions (CBC) met with GE Wednesday in a full-day session at the small table. The company continued presenting its initial proposals on a variety of subjects, including healthcare cost sharing, dental and vision coverage, wages, cost of living, disability, as well as some smaller issues like dependent life insurance.
The GE proposals that were slowly unveiled during the morning and afternoon bargaining sessions at the “small table” Tuesday indicate that the company is still not convinced that union members are in no mood to go backwards. The big rally in Erie on Saturday was a good indicator of workers’ determination, but members of UE and the other CBC unions will need to keep the heat on GE bosses to get the message through to the company’s negotiators in New York.