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CLARIFICATION ON DAILY ITEM GE CONTRACT STORY

Much of the Wednesday April 22, 2015 Daily Item Story is accurate and fine. However, there a few parts that are misleading. The title "GE union details its wish list" does not capture the interviews with Pete and I. We spoke extensively about our focus key issues and not any "wish list". The article captures some of this later in the article when we are quoted as saying "there are some big ticket items the committee will be pursuing, including medical coverage and benefits for employees and retirees, improvement in pensions and job security provisions for all plants" and ''stopping medical cost shifting on employees" and "keeping and improving our benefits". 

The second paragraph of the article states "Among the issues for the union are improvements in vacation and sick time, as well as pay for disability". Although that statement is technically true, the placement of  those issues at the front of the article leads one to think they are part of the main core issues. They are not. The issues highlighted above were what we totally concentrated on in the lengthy interviews.

Business Agent Ric Casilli

GE Lynn Plant IV E-Board Member Resigns

GE PLANT IV BOARD MEMBER CHANGE
 
Skip Brown has submitted his resignation as the Plant IV Board member for personal reasons effective Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  President Capano has temporarily appointed Plant IV Shop Steward Adrian Cronin Jr. to fill the vacant part time Board slot. Adrian will also retain his Shop Steward position at this time. We thank Skip Brown for his hard and dedicated work on behalf of our members and Local 201. Skip may be putting in Steward papers for a temporary steward opening that exists on his shift in Plant IV.
 
Due to financial concerns, the drop in numbers of members in our current 4 E-Board constitutional jurisdictions, and the Company’s recent changes in management structure – Local 201 leadership believes a change in the E-Board Constitutional jurisdictions is necessary. To that end, a meeting of the Constitution Committee has been called for Wednesday, April 22 to consider some changes to adjust the Local to the new situation. More information on the jurisdiction modifications being considered will be published following a meeting of the Constitution Committee.
 
Business Agent Ric Casilli

LUNCHTIME RALLY

LUNCHTIME RALLY – GE FAIRCHILD GATE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2015
11:42AM TO 12 NOON
 
 
• BETTER PENSIONS WITH COLA
• STOP MEDICAL COST SHIFTING ON US
• STOP CUTS ON RETIREMENT BENEFITS
 
We ask all our members to punch out and join this short rally at the GE Fairchild St. gate.
 
All IUE-CWA GE Locals are holding Contract 2015 protests at their plants on this day.  GE retirees will be protesting this same day at the GE Shareholders Meeting in Oklahoma City and buses of union members from IUE-CWA Local 1004 (GE Strothers plant in Arkansas City, Kansas) will be joining the retirees.
 
With National Contract negotiations opening on June 1, 2015 in New York City, union members need to deliver a strong message that we want better pensions and improved affordable medical and an end to the huge cost shifting that has been thrown on our backs the last 4 years We also need to let GE know we will fight to protect our retirement benefits and that GE’s recent elimination of such benefits on salaried exempt employees was outrageous.
 
A corporation making over $16 Billion in annual profits out of its Industrial Divisions has no reason to treat its employees and our members in this horrible fashion.
 
Please PUNCH out and join us in a short but important CONTRACT 2015 protest. Wear your red CBC T-shirts for the April 23 protest. If you do not have one yet- wear a blue Local 201 T-shirt. Remember to punch back in.
 
IUE-CWA LOCAL 201
(4-7-15)

Local 201 on community cable tv.

LOCAL 201 ON CABLE TV
 
Local 201 Business Agent Ric Casilli and President Pete Capano are featured in interviews on the LYNN CAM Cable Show “The American Dream” The show aired first on Monday, April 6 and the interviews are about the Local and about the upcoming GE National Contract.
 
The show is on again @ 6:30PM every night this week (and likely for the next 2 weeks) on Lynn Channels 3 or 22 (Comcast) and on Channels 37 or 38 (Verizon) for Lynn and surrounding communities.
You can also check these channels at 9:30PM and 11:50PM and it may be repeated at those times