• Local 201 Stand out June,18, 2015
  • Contract colors in full force 
  • 201 sending a message!
  • 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. 
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GE Lynn Update

January 16, 2018

2018 came in like a bear and the first quarter will be another whirlwind of activity. On January 2nd, Business Agent Maher and President Capano met with Aviation Supply Chain Leader Tony Aiello and Aviation HR Leader Nate Bailey. This meeting highlighted the progress of GE-Lynn and the many accomplishments of IUE-CWA Local 201.

There is a new HR Leader in LAT&O , a new UR specialist (Mia Moore) and the landscape that we are familiar with will continue to change as the February 28th VRIP departures near. This VRIP will create movement and upgrade opportunity. IUE-CWA Local 201 has 106 members in the top 600 nationwide and 132 in the top 700.

As we go to press, thirty-Five (35) Advanced Aircraft Engine Mechanics (AAEM) will be posted. The list will be reviewed by the Union, prior to calling employees over, to ensure accuracy.

The new Northeastern University degree completion program (B.S. in Advanced Manufacturing) will begin a second class shortly. Anyone interested in this program should contact their HR Leader.

The newly negotiated Cooperative Education program with Lynn Vocational & Technical School will begin next week. The first student has been selected.

New Hire Interviews will continue at a torrid pace for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, 1/17 from 2:00-4:00PM a Retirement Information Session will take place at the IUE-CWA Union Hall. See notice on page 4.

GE & Aerospace Conference Board is scheduled for the second week of March.

Unions Fight Wage Theft

                                        By Jeff Crosby President North Shore Labor Council

            Recently a restaurant worker stopped by the Union Hall, looking for the North Shore Labor Council.  Turns out she had not been paid her final checks after she went out on maternity leave at a McDonald’s.  In another case, custodians who worked for a subcontractor for the City of Revere were told to punch out and keep working after the end of a shift – and did not get paid the overtime.  At a Lynn church last month, a parishioner was referred for help to the Lynn Workers Center (a part of the Labor Council) when he reported that he had not been paid at his construction job for six weeks!

            “Wage Theft”, or not paying employees legally required wages like the minimum wage or overtime, is actually a big business in Massachusetts.  Studies estimate that workers lose over $700 million a year in illegally stolen wages!  In some cases the workers are undocumented immigrants and afraid to speak up –even though the law is clear that anyone who works has to get paid.  In other cases the workers are citizens and legal residents who aren’t getting paid, but have no union to help them.

            In addition to hurting the workers who lose the pay, we lose money for schools, bridges, and police and fire departments – because the employers also don’t pay taxes.  One study says uncollected income and Unemployment taxes cost the state $400 million a year!

            Workers with a union contract have protections.  But with Wage Theft pushing wages down, it is harder and harder to defend our own standard of living.  Even in machine shops, an E-Team graduate recently reported working “under the table”, for $10 an hour, with no taxes and benefits, by himself, at night.  If subcontractors (and the subcontractors of the subcontractors) can shift work to places like that, how long can we compete? Small businesses who pay legitimate wages and play by the rules are also unfairly undercut by those who don’t.

            The North Shore Labor Council and the Lynn Workers Center are pushing for a Wage Theft Ordinance in Lynn like those already passed in Chelsea, Springfield, Boston and other cities.  It would say that any business that gets a contract with the City of Lynn, or a tax break from the City, or a restaurant license, has to certify that that they have not been cited by the Attorney General for Wage Theft in the last 5 years.  If they have been cited, the business would have to buy a wage bond (insurance) to make sure their workers get paid if they became repeat offenders.  Otherwise, why should the city continue to support businesses that cheat their workers and other businesses?

            At press time, it appeared that the ordinance would come up for a public hearing and a vote at the Lynn City Council on Tuesday, February 13 (tentative date).  Union members are invited to come down to the hearing and support passing the bill.

Breaking National News

December 17, 2015
 
To: CWA Local Presidents
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
I wanted to announce to all of you the action by our CWA Executive Board today in affirming our members’ preference for a presidential endorsement.
 
From the beginning of our process in September, I made it clear that CWA members decide what action our union takes on a political endorsement. CWA members have made that choice, indicating a clear preference to endorse Bernie Sanders for President. 
 
I appreciate all the work that you have done to mobilize our members and turn out the vote. I am proud of our democratic process, proud of CWA members, and proud to support the candidate whose vision of America includes a real place for working families in our politics and our economy. 
 
Several months ago, we began our process to determine whether any candidate would gain CWA’s endorsement. Our online poll opened in mid-September and closed at the end of the day Dec. 10. Our process was open, transparent, and fully democratic, more so than any other union. Tens of thousands of CWA members participated, the highest level of participation we’ve had to-date in our political polling.
 
The choice to endorse Bernie Sanders reflects the activism of our members and their determination to bring about political and economic change.
 
Now, we’re ready to do what it takes to elect Bernie Sanders as the next President of the United States.
 
I’m very proud of our union and our members, and the role we play not only in political action, but in what we do to benefit all working families.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Chris Shelton 
President
 
c:  CWA Staff
     CWA Executive Board

Post 65 Medicare Supplement Options.

Attention: Regarding POST-65 Medicare Supplement Options for our Union hourly/salaried Retirees
 
IUE/CWA Local 201 has just been informed of an option for those who are in the process of applying for Medicare Supplemental Insurance through Tower-Watson/One Exchange. We have been inquiring about Blue Cross/ Blue Shields Medicare Supplement Medical plans in Massachusetts because their Medical plans are NOT being offered through One Exchange.
 
Blue Cross/Blue Shield offers a discount of 15% for the first year, 10% for the second year and 5% for the third year for people that enroll in their plan. We have just been informed by Blue/Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, that any retiree who signs up for their Bronze medical plan, will qualify for a first year discount of 15% for a total monthly cost of 158.00. (The Core plan also qualifies for the discount and would cost 79.00 per month.) The full cost for the Bronze plan without the discount is 186.00 per month. The Bronze plan is similar to other plans being offered through One/ Exchange but significantly less with the 15% discount.  Again, this plan and some other plans are not being offered through One Exchange.
 
Anyone who is interested in this coverage (or any plans outside of the GE One Exchange) should read the following very carefully. Local 201 is NOT endorsing any plan but wanted retirees to be informed that the option to go outside GE One Exchange is available but under the following stipulations below.
 
• In order to qualify for the $1000.00 annual GE RRA payment you NEED to be in either the prescription drug plan OR a medical plan through One/Exchange.
 
• If you want to sign up for the Blue Cross plan described above (or any other Medical plan NOT being offered through One-Exchange) and still qualify for the $1000.00 Retirement Reimbursement Account (RRA) you would need to go through One Exchange to enroll in your prescription drug plan. Alternatively, if you go outside One-Exchange for a Prescription Plan, you would have to enroll in a Medical Plan inside One Exchange to get the $1,000 RRA. If you are enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medical and Prescription together) then you would have to choose a GE One Exchange option to get the $1,000 RRA.
 
 
(Note: If interested to sign up for Blue Cross Blue Shield medical mentioned above you need to call 1-800-678-2265, Monday through Friday between 8am to 6pm and tell them you are losing your employer sponsored coverage for Medical effective January 1, 2016 and are interested in their Medical (not prescription plan) only.
 
All your current GE post-65 Medicare supplement coverages (Medical and Prescription) end effective January 1, 2016. So you should ACT IMMEDIATLEY (by December 31. 2015) to enroll in a Medical Plan and Prescription Plan and enroll in at least one (Medical or Prescription) through the GE One Exchange options to be eligible for the $1,000 Retirement Reimbursement account in 2016. The GE One Exchange number is 1- 855-873-0103.  If you have any questions - call Kevin Mahar-781-598-2760 or 781-367-7822.
 
(12/1/2015)

Attention Local 201 Retirees

RETIREE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
Date: December 8, 2015 @ 12 NOON
Location: Porthole Pub- Lynnway, Lynn
Comedy show from the one exchange by renowned comedian Paul DeAngelo
Buffet – Cost $15
Stop at Hall to pick up tickets