• 201 sending a message!
  • Contract colors in full force 
  • Local 201 Stand out June,18, 2015
  • GE Lynn Fairchild Gate April,22,2015
  • United for better Pension,Medical and wages.
  • A portion of local 201 members at one of 3 well attended send off rallies.
  • BA Casilli addressed the crowd at in-plant send off Rally. 
  • Rallies at GE locations across the country coincide we GE shareholders...
  • Strong support from organizations like Mass Senior Action. 
 GE National Negotiations are underway in NYC, On May 29th Rallies were held with all GE Union Locals as a sign of solidarity and send off of the National Negotiator"s.    


8 CBC Unions File Class Action Law Suit.

For release Nov. 9, 2015
Contact: Ginny Bailey (937) 298-9984
Unions File Class Action Lawsuit Over GE’s Plan to Renege on its Retiree Health Care Obligation
Dayton, Ohio -- A coalition of labor unions lead by the IUE-CWA, Industrial Division of the Communication Workers of America, has filed a federal class action lawsuit against General Electric Company in the Northern District of Ohio today. The coalition includes the members of the GE Coordinated Bargaining Committee: the United Electrical Workers, United Auto Workers, Machinists, Steelworkers, Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Teamsters and the Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.
The coalition of unions and more than twenty individual retirees contend that GE is violating federal labor law and the Employer Retirement Income Security Act by depriving its post-age 65 retirees of important retiree medical coverage, coverage that these individuals worked for over decades and that was promised in their union contracts.
IUE-CWA President James Clark, chair of the coalition stated, “We are outraged that a very profitable General Electric Corporation would choose to break promises to its retirees during the most vulnerable time of their lives, after they gave decades of service to this company. I am glad these retirees have unions that are willing to step up and fight for justice.”
GE has announced that effective January 1, 2016, it will unilaterally terminate its post-65 retiree medical plans and replace them with an opportunity for retirees to purchase post-65 health insurance coverage from a private broker healthcare exchange selected by the company. GE is offering, for now, a $1,000 yearly credit for its retirees to offset some of the cost of replacing this medical coverage that was being provided by the company. Thousands of GE retirees, particularly those on life saving drugs, are facing much higher drug costs as a result of this change, and GE is refusing to commit to supplying the yearly credit throughout the lives of the retirees.
IUE-CWA and the other labor union plaintiffs are confident that the terms of their labor contracts clearly demonstrate intent by all parties that the benefits negotiated with GE are lifetime benefits for GE retirees.


The Company has notified the Union that they have posted 9 primary openings today for upgrade possibilities. If interested , members should make sure they have current active upgrades in for the posted positions. There are also 3 other secondary openings bringing the total to 12.

After completing the internal upgrading requirements, the Company will begin hiring individuals "off the street". The Company has already posted for 12 openings on their gecareers.com website and they are looking for new hires that have a CNC Machining background. The Company is only taking on-line applications through that site for hiring "from the street". 

Members, interested in retiring under some of our contractual programs that get triggered by permanent lack of works by classification, should make sure they have the correct application on file in the GE employment office. Sometimes there are internal lack of works in one classification with hiring in another classification that can trigger these programs. It is always smart to have an active application on file regardless of whether any lack of works are anticipated during a given period - even during hiring periods such as now. 

  • If you are at least age 55 and under age 60 with 25 years of Pension Qualification Service (PQS) - you need to have a Special Early Retirement Option (SERO) application on file. But remember unless you are directly impacted by the reduction, you will not get most of the SERO benefits as a "substitute" and it not a good deal.in most situations.
  • If you are under age 55 and have completed at least 30 years of PQS - you need to have a SERO 30 application on file. Again remember, unless you are directly impacted by the reduction, you will not get most of the SERO 30 benefits as a "substitute" and it is not a good deal in most situations.
  • If you are age 60 or older and have at least 15 years of continuous service - you need to have an application in for the $18,000 Special Voluntary Layoff Bonus (SVLB) and/or the $18,000 Special Retirement Bonus (SRB) on file.(The SVLB is triggered by a reduction in force in a classification. The SRB is triggered by reductions due to transfer of work, automation and some other causes.)  There is no loss of benefits whether you take the BONUS as a directly impacted individual or as a "substitute".

It has come to our attention that many members previously put in applications for the SERO/ SERO 30 but now are age 60 or over and so now are not eligible for those programs. If still interested in retirement programs,  one needs to put in applications for the age 60 and over Bonus programs above which they are eligible for. None of these applications have anything to do with the contractual national Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program (VRIP) being offered next March 1, 2016. That will have a special application process and an election period to be announced at a later time.




Local 201 has been informed that former IUE-CWA International President Ed Fire passed away yesterday, after a lengthy battle with COPD. We send our our sincere condolences to his friends and family.

IUE-CWA LOCAL 201 (July 2, 2015)


The Local 201 Election Committee reviewed today their voting tally released last night and have certified the results and voting figures released last night were accurate. So the results posted below as "unofficial" have now been certified as OFFICIAL today (July 1, 2015)  by our Election Committee Chairman Ron LeBlanc. Local 201 has sent in the OFFICIAL results to our National IUE-CWA GE Conference Board.

Thanks to all the hard work and participation of our members and stewards in this tough negotiations. The rallies and solidarity displayed by Local 201 members went a long way in being able to achieve an acceptable package. Have a relaxing  and long July 4th weekend!