Local 201 Piecework Negotiations Report
Friday, July 25, 2014 1:00PM
After about 5 days of Company review, GE rejected Local 201’s Union Proposal #9 at a bargaining
session on Thursday, July 24. The Union Proposal #9 restructured compensation for pieceworkers in more
equal fashion, had additional retirement incentives for pieceworkers and contained provisions that
broadened the pool of people that would be eligible for attractive retirement options. Union proposal #9
would have been the best for our members and the business as it would have maximized decent
retirement options thus reducing the need for any hard lacks of works “to the street” for dayworkers, while
also providing a rational equal and fairer compensation payments for all pieceworkers.
The Company rejected the proposal based on a number of reasons but the bottom line is they felt the
proposal came with too high of an expense tag. The Union is extremely disappointed in this decision as the
Union had spent a good deal of time finding a fair way to restructure previous union proposals and adding
the proper “ingredients” to the package that would accomplish the 2 main goals of the parties in the
negotiations – to achieve fair compensation for pieceworkers and maximize retirements to avoid layoffs
plantwide with the current workload volume crisis we are heading into. Local 201 feels Union Proposal #9
would have accomplished this for the good of all our members and the good of the business and it was a
mistake for the Company to reject it totally.
The Company told the Union bargaining team that the summary points they presented of Company
Proposal #10 was their best and final offer in regards to compensation and retirement incentive parts
of any potential agreement. The Union requested the complete language of the Company’s compensation
part of the package and any language they would agree to in regards to the job security sections of any
potential agreement. The Company will be providing such hopefully today or on Monday, July 28, 2014.
The Union would note that despite our disappointment to the rejection of our Proposal #9, Company
proposal #10 is a dramatic improvement from early Company proposals. Over the course of the last 6 months,
the Company has slowly increased the amount of compensation for our members in their proposals in
response to union arguments and proposals and it contains some union proposed features like the “red
circle”, “piecework buyout” and pension update “look back” within Company Proposal #10.
The Union bargaining committee has scheduled an internal meeting on Monday, July 28, 2014 to review the
complete Company “best and final “ offer on the compensation section of any potential agreement and is
also awaiting to review company responses to recent union proposals in the job security section. The Union
bargaining committee will NOT make any final decisions on how to proceed until it has a complete
Company “best and final” package to review.
We will release the compensation and retirement incentive details of Company Proposal #10 to our members
when we receive them officially in writing from the Company inserted into the main proposed offer
document and our bargaining committee has a chance to review them. Such information release to our
members will likely be next Tuesday, July 29 2014.
We shall keep you posted as to any developments.
IUE-CWA LOCAL 201