IUE-CWA LOCAL 201 GE
PIECEWORK NEGOTIATIONS REPORT
FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014 (from Local 201 Website)
• Bargaining Sessions were held Monday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 4 this week.
• Little progress was made – Union and Company Proposals remain far apart.
• Company rejected Union’s simple Proposal # 4A compensation provisions providing for a permanent “Red Circle” for current pieceworkers @ average earnings,
• Company rejected Union’s more complicated Proposal #5 compensation provisions that included a temporary “Red Circle” period for current pieceworkers @ average earnings, extending pension update years to include 2011, 2012, and 2013/2014, retirement options and varying piecework “buyout bonuses” depending on whether someone retires or stays and transitions to piecework.
• Union rejected Company Proposal #5 compensation provisions which provided a retirement incentive program for those ages 60 and over that was less than the regular VRIP bonus, a SERO/SERO 30 program (those age 50-59) with no buyout bonus, and a piecework buyout bonus for those staying less than one half of what the union proposed. There was no red circle period, no pension update or pension improvements, and no piecework “buyout” bonuses for anyone retiring
• Union rejected Company Proposal #6 compensation provisions which provided a retirement incentive program for those ages 60 and over that was the same as the VRIP Bonus, a SERO/SERO 30 program (age 50-59) with no buyout bonus, and a short temporary period for those staying where they would get paid a rate in between their average rate and the new daywork rate. There was no red circle period at average earnings, no pension update or pension improvements, and no piecework “buyout” bonuses for anyone. Members staying would be worse off under this proposal than they were under inadequate previous company proposal
• Union and Company proposals also far apart on Job Security provisions but these have not been discussed much yet due to time being spent on compensation part of an agreement
• Union stated that the Company proposals would not come near to achieving the 50-75 Plant IV retirements they desired. They would be lucky to get a “handful”.
• Union stated the Company proposals would hurt badly the business, schedules, productivity, training and skills retention.
• Union stated our members would never accept such a low compensation offer in the areas of pension (nothing) and buyout bonuses (little to nothing)
• Union requested a serious Company proposal that was in the “ballpark”.
• More negotiation details coming- Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Local 201 Newspaper
• Next Bargaining session is Monday. June 9, 2014.