IUE-CWA Local 201  “Under the provision of the 2011-2015 IUE-CWA GE Wage agreement, a COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment) will be delivered on June 23, 2014, for all eligible GE members. The General Increase will be 3.0%. The COLA increase will be 22 cents per hour. This will be the sixth of eight COLA’s delivered during this contract cycle.”  

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Piecework update August 19, 2014 and August 21, 2014

In two well attended meetings, the local 201 membership in an unofficial tally of secret ballot votes, today voted to accept the agreement hammered out by the local 201 negotiating committee with officials of the General Electric Company by a 90% to 10% margin. 

The Local 201 Election Committee will announce the official results tomorrow August 20, 2014.

The Local 201 Election made the above results official yesterday August 20, 2014.

The Union and Company have meetings planned next week to now deal with a large number or reduction in forces (RIF's) about to be issued in Lynn LMO areas and the 50 new job openings in Plant IV.

It has been reported by Union Relations that there already have been over 80 pieceworkers that have applied and showing interest for October 1, 2014 Retirement and/or Layoff Benefit exits. If this trend continues and materializes, it will certainly help reduce hard lack of works "to the street".

Many job classifications will be involved. There will be a Union / Company Replacement Committee to handle the large number of moves that will occur of the next month. Union reps. will be Board Member Jeff Francis and Business Agent Ric Casilli. The Union has requested the Company post a notice regarding members that may be interested in the Retirement/Layoff Bonus of $18,000 Program, a "direct impacted" (full benefits) SERO opportunity or a "substitute (less benefit" SERO opportunity. It is likely a number of these type opportunities will occur in many job classifications during this period and the Company will be announcing the application process soon.

The Plant IV joint sub-committee (per this agreement) shall begin meeting next week to begin bringing work into Plant IV in Tables 1 and 2 of the agreement. VP Pete Capano and a number of Board members and stewards will be involved in this process.

 

Piecework update August 18, 2014

In a well attended meeting the piecework group voted by a 93% margin to recommend approval of the tentative agreement. 

The important vote of all GE 201 members (piecework and day workers) is tomorrow August 19, 2014 at the monthly membership meeting. This meeting will be held at St Michaels hall 25 Elmwood St Lynn, Ma. 12.30 and. 3:30. There will be a secret ballot vote held after the presentation of agreement details. 

Local 201 Official Communication August 13, 2014

 
UNION COMMITTEE AND BOARD RECOMMEND ACCEPTANCE OF PIECEWORK TRANSITION AGREEMENT  
On Monday, August 11, 2014 the IUE-CWA Local 201 Piecework Bargaining Committee voted to recommend approval to our Local 201 GE Members of the best and final negotiated “package” eliminating the Plant IV Piecework System and transitioning that pay system to the daywork pay system.  The official vote was 7-3 making it now a “tentative” agreement pending a membership ratification vote.  The non-voting members supported the agreement 4-1 meaning 11 out 15 members of the Union Bargaining Committee supported the agreement.  
The IUE-CWA Full Executive Policy Board voted to also recommend approval of the “tentative” agreement by a vote of 12 to 1 on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  
Business Agent Ric Casilli stated:   “We have very strong recommendation votes to accept this “package” agreement for a number of reasons.  We know what a rejection vote would mean for the plant – numerous immediate layoffs and a plant with little chance to survive into the future. The agreement is also a really good agreement taking into account what our bargaining committee had to deal with - the end of a pay system and the threat of numerous immediate layoffs while having to negotiate in the year before a National Contract.  We got the best compensation we could for our directly impacted members, including decent retirement incentives for them.  This will really help with reducing the chances and numbers of hard layoffs for our dayworkers and sending them to the “street”.  We got jobs and investment commitments for dayworkers and no bumping disruptions on them as a result of the agreement. More importantly it gives the River Works plant a fighting chance to survive in the upcoming years.”  
President Alex Brown remarked:   “We did NOT get everything we wanted.  Our proposal #9 that was rejected by the Company was better and fairer.  It contained provisions for retirement options throughout the plant.  That part was rejected.  However, what we ended up with I am proud of and it took a hard 6 months of negotiating to get there.  Remember – pieceworkers are just former dayworkers; and dayworkers were always potential pieceworkers.  This agreement affects the whole plant.  We are ALL Local 201 GE members right now!!!!  It is critical to attend the meeting next week and vote.”  
Vice-President Pete Capano commented:   “Our plant and its future are in jeopardy.  Any lingering internal squabbles and stereotyping opinions about one area of the plant versus another needs to be put on the shelf. The reality is we need to take a good hard look at what we need to do to shape what the River Works will look like 5 and 10 years from now.  We need to be unified to save the jobs we have now and intensify our focus on bringing more work into the plant for the future.  The only way to have that chance is to stick together and ratify this agreement and then we move on together for the whole River Works plant and National Contract challenges in 2015.”  
All 182 current pieceworkers are invited to attend Local 201 group meetings to hear an explanation of the agreement, ask questions and make comments.  After such, there will be a secret ballot recommendation vote of this directly impacted group.  Those Piecework Group meetings will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014 @ St Michaels Hall on 25 Elmwood Ave., Lynn Ma @ 12:30PM and 3:30PM.  
Our monthly Membership meeting is the next day on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.  The main item on the agenda will be a presentation of the Piecework Tentative Agreement with another question and comment period.  Then there will be a final secret ballot vote of all Local 201 GE bargaining unit members including pieceworkers and dayworkers.  This is the decisive vote as to whether there is an agreement or not.  
Summary of the Retirement and Compensation Parts  of the Tentative Agreement  
That detailed summary was printed in the “green” 2 sided leaflet on July 30, 2014 and distributed to all members. There was one positive benefit omitted and one positive benefit added since that was printed, and all other benefits listed in that communication are in the final tentative agreement.  We have printed a new “yellow” communication, with the omitted and added changes to the Retirement and Compensation parts of the package bolded.  It is being distributed into the shop along with this communication which summarizes other sections of the agreement.

Side two

Summary of the Job Security Parts of the Tentative Agreement
 Company commits to 1 for 1 backfill for natural attrition from Plant IV from the date of execution of this agreement until the expiration of the current national Contract.
 Company agrees to immediately post 50 daywork job openings in Plant IV where there has been a long term “hiring freeze” in effect.
 Company commitment to invest in Lynn Plant IV $3 Million in 2014
 Company commits to invest $6 Million in all Lynn Manufacturing areas in 2015.
 Company commits to invest $6 Million in all Lynn Manufacturing area in 2016.
 Company will modify Samsung agreement from a 50/50 split to a 75/25 split where we will manufacture and assemble 75% (increases hours by about 6,300 hours in 2015 across the whole River Works site).
 Company commits to New Product Introduction (NPI) for blisks, diffuser cases, and disks from now through 2015 (estimated 60,000 hours of new work).
 Company commits to additional NPI work on spools, liners and spool disks for an additional estimated 30,000 hours between now and 2015. This is work currently being completed at other sites and/or outside suppliers.
 Company agrees to a Plant IV Jobs sub-committee with a focus on 18 specific parts listed in the agreement as “Initial Farm-in Opportunities”. Involves numerous operations.
 Company agrees that the sub-committee can also discuss immediately 10 additional specific part numbers listed in the agreement as “Additional Farm-in Opportunities Requiring Process Improvements”. Involves numerous operations.
CONVERSION OF PIECEWORK RATES TO DAYWORK RATES
There are currently 14 piecework classifications with IR rates attached to them. Ten (10) of these piecework rates will go over from the same numerical IR rate to an identical R rate. (Example: IR 19 Lynn PW Turret Lathe will become R19 Auto Lathe.)
Four (4) of the piecework rates will convert to higher daywork rates. IR14 Machine Operator will go to R17 Punch press. IR14 Processor Bench will go to R17 Sheet Metal. IR 17 X-Ray/Chip Removal will go to R23 X- Ray and IR17 Radial Drill will go to R19 Milling.
SUMMARY
There was much work that went into this agreement over 6 months of hard bargaining. You never get 100% of what you want but we got much of it. More importantly, we gave our membership a fighting chance to weather the volume drop, increased farm-in & new work and gave our plant the opportunity to compete for work in the upcoming years increasing the odds of the survival of the River Works plant.
201 MEMBERSHIP SECRET BALLOT VOTE AFTER PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014 @ 12:30PM and 3:30PM at ST. MICHAELS HALL ON 25 ELMWOOD AVE., LYNN, MA.
Ric Casilli Alex Brown Pete Capano Business Agent President Vice President
IUE-CWA LOCAL 201