LOCAL 201 OFFICIAL
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014
Assembly & Test Reductions Update
The Local 201 Grievance Board met again with the River Works Company officials today in a series of ongoing meetings over the Company’s announcement back in September over a reduction over 41 R23 AAEM’s and 4 R20 Grinders forecasted for this January. Local 201 put a report up for our members on our Web Site and Face Book page on Monday December 8, 2014 on this situation. For the last 2 weeks we have been in discussions and negotiations with the Company over the entire River Work workload volume forecast and some work being transferred out and into Lynn. The situation has been changing almost daily.
After today’s meeting with the Company, here is the current situation:
*The Company plans to issue 26 R23 AAEM reductions from Buildings 29, 42, and/or Test Cells and 3 R20 Grind Reductions out of Bldg 29. The lack of works (LOW’S) will be issued by Company on Monday, January 5. That is a total of 29 “permanent” reductions. They also will offer up to 16 volunteer temporary lack of work options for up to 90 days to the R23 AAEM classification by seniority to accomplish the 45 reductions they say they need in January. There are now about 5 members in the impacted Assembly & Test groups that appear will take the $18,000 age 60 and over contractual Bonus and retire. If that occurs, the company will reduce down lower the 16 temporary lack of works offered by the number retiring.
*The 29 members moving on lack of work will move and be placed by the Employment Office under Article XI of our National Contract and our related local Layoff and Transfer Supplement (LOT’S). This will occur January 5, 2015 through January 9, 2015. The Union will have appointed representatives involved in this process to assist members per our LOT’S agreement. The Company is planning on opening up a total of 35 jobs on January 5, 2015 – 29 positions in Plant IV(R16, R17 and R19 rates) and 6 positions in Bldg 63FSC (R16) to help in the placement process. Members moving under the LOTS may have other options and/or bumping rights on other members depending on their GE work history and seniority. However, the 35 openings are more than enough openings to ensure no one shall be forced out on the street on layoff in the plant.
*As you aware, there has been an ongoing dispute with the Company on how many R23 AAEM’s layoffs can be contributed to volume drop. The union feels only 22 of the lack of works of AAEM’S are volume related and all additional permanent layoffs above that number are a result of a transfer of work. The Union feels it has a strong contractual case that any R23 AAEM reductions going beyond the 22 number should fall under Article XXII benefits and rights. The Company continues to disagree. However, “on a no precedent and no prejudice position to the Union and Company’s Article XXII respective positions” – the Company has agreed to provide a rate guarantee to any R23 AAEM permanently laid off following the first 22 R23 AAEM volume reductions. So at this time – the last 4 R23 AAEM’s being lack of worked (the highest seniority) shall receive a 78 week rate guarantee. If any further permanent lack of works on R23 AAEM’s do get issued in the following months- they would also fall under the same rate guarantee.
*Anyone R23AAEM choosing a voluntary temporary lack of work by seniority for up to 90 days shall be guaranteed at least one month out but could be recalled back to work at any time after the first month. Any such person (after a one week unemployment waiting period) can receive up to 75% of their 40 hour weekly pay and premium free GE medical and dental benefits while out.
*In an unrelated event, the Company is offering 22 voluntary temporary up to 90 day lack of works by seniority to various Craft classifications also to begin January 5, 2015. See your Craft Steward or Board Member for details on this.
*Both temporary voluntary lack of work offerings (R23 AAEM’s and the various Craft Classifications) will need to be approved at the January 28, 2015 Membership Meeting. However, per past practice the Union is allowing them to start January 5, 2015 anticipating subsequent approval. If not, Members would be called back from the temporary lack of works.