IUE-CWA Local 201     


Assembly & Test Reductions Update



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.




Lynn Assembly and Test Reductions.

The Local 201 Union Grievance Board met with top River Works Company officials Friday afternoon December 6 on the state of the business and in specific the pending 45 Lynn Assembly & Test Reductions the Company has been forecasting since last September.
The Union has been appealing to the Company to leave the CF34-8C work in Lynn to compliment the T700 work they plan on bringing back to Lynn in the first quarter of 2015. The Union argued keeping such work would cut the pending 45 reductions in half. The Company has NOT agreed to keep the CF34-8C work here.
However, the Company has agreed to cut the forecasted 45 permanent lack of works approximately in half by offering temporary voluntary lack of works for the balance of reductions.
Assembly & Test management is meeting with our Assembly & Test members and Board member/Stewards today December 8 to announce the outline of a plan to issue approximately 20- 25 permanent lack of work notices in the R23 AAEM and R20 Grind classifications in Buildings 29 and 42 to take effect in mid January 2015. The exact number is still being discussed with the Union. These lack of works are linked to the heavy volume drop in the T700 and F414 schedules in 2015. The Company has stated they have enough openings in Plant IV and Bldg 63 to avoid any member from being force layoff “to the street”. With the announcement, there will be age 60 and over retirement $18,000 Bonus opportunities in these impacted classifications plant wide and in any classification that happens to be hit by a displacement (a “bump”). It is anticipated that 2 or 3 members may choose such retirement reducing the number of lack of works by the same number
The Company has also agreed to Local 201’s proposal to offer temporary voluntary layoffs to the R23 AAEM Classification for the balance of the reductions. The details of this voluntary layoff plan will be discussed with the Union over the next 2 weeks – as to the exact number, when they would start, how long they will be etc. It is our hope that enough volunteers take the temporary voluntary lack of work to avoid any more permanent lack of works at this time. The idea is to try to bridge about a 6-9 month period until after the 2015 Contract when it is anticipated many R23 AAEM’s and other members will retire and that will hopefully alleviate the need for any more permanent lack of works.
Members moving on the permanent lack of works in January 2015 will be moved under our Layoff & Transfer Supplement to new jobs based on their seniority and GE job history. They will retain recall rights to the classification that are being laid off from.
Other more senior members choosing temporary voluntary lack of works will be eligible for Income Extension Aid (75% of weekly pay when combined with unemployment), and premium free medical & dental. We will keep you updated, as there could be some changes to the above plan.

IUE-CWA Local 201 Election 2014

Many races were uncontested and were previously listed in the paper. Those candidates are now officially elected. The Local 201 Election Committee posted the final official results of the contested races yesterday  An asterisk * next to a name below indicate the official winners
Business Agent
Ric Casilli * (official winner) with a majority vote of approximately 77%  (Note: Required to be over 50% of all votes cast among the candidates OR there would be a runoff election among the top two candidates with votes). Officially, no such contest needed.
David Lurvey
Mike Matayabas
Vice President/Recording Secretary
Mike Reidy Sr.
John Walsh * (official winner)
Neftaly Alvarez
Thomas O’Shea * (official winner)
Trustee (GE River Works-Vote for up to 2)
Jared L. Ayer
Joseph James Caloggero
William Holm
Sean Mahoney * (official winner)
Pat Ryan * (official winner)
AE Assembly, Test & FSC Executive Board (GE)
William Mahar * (official winner)
Mark Raymond Workman
Delegate to the General Electric IUE-CWA Conference Board
Michael D. McDermott
Mike Reidy Sr.
Fred Russell * (official winner)

GE Work Situation Update


Friday, September 19, 2014


This is an update of where things currently stand. LMO reductions were reduced from 98 to 91. Plant IV openings increased to 92 jobs. All LMO reductions have now been placed in their new jobs and most have already moved. There is also approximately 8 potential openings in the Flight Support Center, which are not being filled at this time.


As of Friday, September 19, it appears at least 82 Plant IV pieceworkers were going to retire October 1, 2014 under one of the two negotiated retirement programs. And it appears approximately 11 Plant IV 59 years old pieceworkers were fairly definite that they would be taking the Layoff Benefit Package. So it appears a total of about 93 members will exit the plant on October 1, 2014. This number could change a bit during the next 7 days – either going a bit lower of higher. The hope is the number will go up a bit more creating more job openings.


The Plant IV joint sub-committee has been discussing the Plant IV farmed-out work under Tables 1 and 2 of the Memorandum of Understanding. Union Board members on the sub-committee report that the meetings have been going good and they are very hopeful that more work will be coming into Plant IV over the next few months and new job openings will result. These meetings will be held almost every week


The Union has also been in some discussions with the Company concerning the forecasted 45 reductions for Assembly & Test in January 2015. The Union has been suggesting keeping the CF34-8C work in house and/or bringing in other work to fill until the T700 and CT7 orders pick up again in about a year. These talks will be on going.


The Company reiterated their commitment to the Business Agent today to continue to explore with the Union any possible ideas or ways to achieve the goal of not having to resort to any hard layoffs “to the street” in January 2015. This process will go on through the last quarter of 2014.