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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015 NYC REPORT FROM BA

To IUE-CWA LOCAL 201 MEMBERS:

1. Please read the GE Workers United Report on bargaining today as the "Small Table" and @ the Sub-Committees - Pension & Insurance and Contract Language. There is a lot of new detailed information in this report about today' negotiations sessions..

2. The UE International also has a report from their huge rally in Erie Pa.on Saturday, June 13th and on bargaining issues.

Thanks to all members who attended Local 201 Membership Meetings today. It was great talking to you all. IUE- CWA members nationwide continue to make their feelings known to the Company at all Locations in various different ways. Our national mobilization coordinator will be talking to all Locals tomorrow and further actions are planned this week. Local 201 will be putting out information and communications in Lynn regarding  actions for Thursday June 15. Watch for details.

I am on the Pension and Insurance Sub-Committee and I would point out that on Pensions- Improving the Guaranteed Pension Tables significantly was also expressed today by our Committee  as a big priority, along with the items mentioned in the GE Workers United Report-  namely an improved Pension Update, Supplements, and pension improvement for those retired etc. The Guaranteed Tables and the Pension Update are the two key ingredients helping various members across the country's. to improve ones pension

And on health Insurance , the Committee made clear that EMPLOYEE COSTS of this Health Care plan was the priority to be fixed and that the numerous "Complexities"   problems.of the plan should just be fixed by the company automatically due to company mismanagement. And post 65 health insurance was also a clear priority to be addressed. These 3 points were clear in the Company's summary and union discussion with them before the meeting adjourned today.

I want to thank Local 201 members for staying on alert and  being in ready "mode" in case these negotiations do not have significant progress in the next few days.Our negotiators are making very clear what our members expect to achieve for any possibility of ratification.

Thanks

Ric

MONDAY,JUNE 15, 2015 NYC REPORT FROM BA

 

Dear Local 201 Members:

I will be calling into our Membership Meeting sessions tomorrow (Tuesday, June 16) to  to answer members' serious concerns as what is going on in bargaining over our important issues, the Company's position so far as stated, and actions and mobilizations that may become necessary

First full day of the "Small Table"  (top leaders) and "Sub-Committees" begins also tomorrow morning. 

Sincerely, Ric

SATURDAY JUNE,13, 2015 LOCAL 201 SOLIDARITY STATEMENT

SOLIDARITY WISHES
FROM IUE-CWA LOCAL 201 (LYNN, MA)
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015
 
IUE-CWA Local 201 (Lynn, Ma. GE Aviation Plant) stands with the thousands of Union members of the CBC that are rallying today in Erie, Pa. for a fair and decent GE Contract. Our Local historically has always a very close fraternal relationship with UE Local 506 and UE local 618 in ERIE. We sincerely regret that we are not in attendance today but it was not possible to organize travel arrangements on such short notice, especially considering our shortened scheduled negotiation times in New York City and other previous contract mobilization efforts and commitments at Local 201 in Lynn Ma.
 
We remember the great rallies in 2007 and 2011 in Erie where we brought buses of Local 201 members and were given the privilege to speak. Your hospitality was second to none. We are with you in spirit today in Lynn and New York City and we would like to tell you IUE-CWA Local 201 members are again educated, energized and mobilized around our key issues protecting our young, middle age and older members and retirees. We stand with our brothers and sisters in ERIE today 100%. Wishing you a great rally and let’s this time get our fair share from this profitable multi-national giant!
 
In Solidarity;
 
Ric Casilli- IUE-CWA Local 201 Business Agent and member of IUE-CWA National GE Bargaining Committee in New York City
 
Pete Capano – IUE-CWA Local 201 President
 
ON BEHALF OF LOCAL 201 OFFICERS, BOARD MEMBERS, STEWARDS AND MEMBERS

Friday, June 12, 2015 BA Report from New York

We won on the "fast track" issue today!! But watch a possible "reconsideration" vote next week. President Capano and our Legislative Committee will let you know what is necessary to do now. THANKS to all our members that have participated in making undecided Congressman Seth Moulton vote in the interests of working people today on fast track. He did the right thing today! Great demonstration  our Local 201 and allies had Thursday at at his office in Peabody (3RD one in last 6 weeks!). As you were protesting in Peabody, Ma. over TPP (and job loss)- our negotiating committee was hammering GE about outsourcing and Plant closings here in NYC.

Here is where things are at:

The IUE-CWA "LARGE TABLE" discussions and debate concluded today, June 12 after 2 weeks. (See GE Worker United Web Site for today's "WRAP UP SESSION".) 

The UE "LARGE TABLE" meetings concluded Thursday, June 11 as UE negotiators were traveling to Erie, Pa. for a major RALLY on Saturday June 13, sponsored by UE Local 506 involving other local and national unions, and community groups.They anticipate thousands of people to attend supporting our CBC fight for a fair and decent GE Contract.

IUE-CWA Local 201 gave an official solidarity support statement to UE Negotiators leaving New York to be read at the rally tomorrow. UE Local 506 has been a close fraternal friend of IUE-CWA Local 201 going back to the late 1980"s. Local 201's SOLIDARITY STATEMENT will be put up on our Web Site tomorrow afternoon after it is read to the large crowd in Erie. IUE-CWA negotiators in NYC are preparing for next weeks last scheduled week of bargaining

Next week- the 2 sub-committees ( Pension& Insurance and Contract Language) will have negotiators from all CBC unions together - including the IUE-CWA and UE. The Union's sub -committees begin meeting with the Company in the morning on Tuesday, June 16

The important "Small Table" will also have the IUE-CWA and UE top officials together , along with top officials from some of the other CBC unions. They begin meeting with the Company on Monday, June 15 in the afternoon.

Mobilization Actions for NEXT WEEK at GE Plants across the country are being discussed here in New York and with local union leaderships across the country. Stay Tuned.

MY OPINION ON HOW THINGS ARE GOING:

OUR UNION NEGOTIATING TEAM IS FIGHTING HARD AND INTELLIGENT  HOWEVER, I HAVE NO REASON TO FEEL OPTIMISTIC AT THIS TIME THAT A FAIR SETTLEMENT FOR US WILL BE REACHED,  FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD  SO FAR FROM THE COMPANY, I AM NOT SURE THEY BELIEVE OUR MEMBERS ARE THAT ANGRY ABOUT THE KEY ISSUES.

In Solidarity,

RIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015 MESSAGE FROM NYC FROM BUSINESS AGENT

PERSONAL MESSAGE TO  LOCAL 201 MEMBERS:

Hi from NYC.

Please read the GE Workers United (CBC) and the UE International Web Sites to find out what is happening at the 2 "Large" tables during these first 2 weeks. The IUE-CWA "large" table and UE "large" table are both presenting union proposals and arguing with GE. At this time, IUE-CWA Local 201 is not putting up additional "Contract Reports" as the issues and debate is being extensively reported on the CBC and UE International sites.I would say this- little has happened here beyond what you can read on these 2 sites so far.

However, you cannot capture the emotions in reports and I can tell you there have been legitimate flare ups at both the UE and IUE-CWA "large" tables over many of our key issues and Company remarks during these first 8 days. I have been involved in some of them (surprise), as have many other union bargainers who are passionately laying our our proposals and defending them

I would tell our great Local 201 members this advice:

1. Talk to your cell leaders and mangers about the issues. Most agree with us anyway. But they need to hear from members regardless.

2. Read the daily GE Workers United Site and UE International Site Reports

4. Check in your Local 201 Web Site for updated information too

5.  Re -read on this Local 201 Web site - Report #9 (which was a summary of Local 201's Key demands in which to judge any offer)

6. The GE National bargaining process has been flawed and not healthy for many years. It is not been ever a typical Contract negotiation that you see with other major corporations...at least none I have dealt with. You cannot report progress or lack of progress until the last few days because of the flawed process and that gets everyone agitated. i wrote about this problem in 1994 and 1997. But it is what it is still in 2015. If interested in the process issue- see the Note below. If not - Just go to Point #7.

 [ NOTE: I would suggest if you have time visit, on this 201 web site, the 2007 Contract Report Report #1 which is dated May 20, 2007  (which repeats an article I wrote way back on July 18, 1994.)  It explains this awful bargaining process which GE has not departed from and continues today. To view this 201 article - scroll to the tab above on our web site that says "Contract Updates"..then scroll to the "2007 Contract Updates" tab that pops up- then you will see another tab to the right of that titled "contract updates" - CLICK ON THAT.  Up will pop all 23 reports from that year. Scroll all the way down the page to the bottom and 2007 Report #1 and you will see the 1994 article repeated about this same flawed process.]

7.  Stay in touch with President Capano, VP Walsh and our Board as I am communicating with them daily on negotiations and mobilizations actions that may become necessary. Attend your June 16 Membership Meetings.

8.  Bottom line: I have heard nothing yet from Company spokesman that makes me think they are very interested in addressing our MAJOR issues. But again- it is early and has been their negotiating "mantra" for many many years..going way back.

9. Stay united and Strong...and be prepared for whatever we may have to do. Make sure you have signed up for CWA and  201 Strike Benefits. Our negotiating team these first 8 days is fighting like hell for a fair and decent Contract.

With you all and thanks for "great" send off rallies Friday May 29!!!

RIc Casilli - BA

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2015 UPDATE

Please go to GE WORKERS UNITED Web Site for Daily reports on GE Bargaining Updates from the large IUE-CWA (CBC) table at this time. There is a report on Monday, June 8 bargaining on that site

Stay educated on our issues ( Local 201 Contract reports #1 through #9 on ISSUES up on our Local 201 site)

Stay Unified and Strong

In Solidarity

BA Ric Casilli

SEE NEW REPORT ON GE WORKERS UNITED SITE TODAY

The June 4, 2015 Negotiations report is up on GE WORKERS UNITED WEB SITE. Members should be following all the union reports on that site. It was a lively morning today..

Note:Tentative Schedule for Friday Negotiations is Retirees talking about:

(1) Needs for a Retiree Pension Increase and (2) Retiree's feelings on our Post 65 Medicare Supplement Plans. Our own IUE-CWA Local 201 Retiree Council President Kevin Mahar will be making a presentation. Kevin sat and watched Joe Mangino's presentation today (97 year old former BA of Local 301 GE  Schenectady) explaining why post 65 benefits were "promises" funded by the union negotiating sacrifices on other issues, making health care benefits a priority.

(2) Union anticipating an initial company response to our Article 22 Job Security proposals.

Sincerely

IUE-CWA Local 201 Business Agent Ric Casilli

GE WORKERS UNITED WEBSITE DOING DAILY NEGOTIATION UPDATES

Local 201 will not be putting up any more daily National GE Contract Negotiation reports at this time - they will be on the national GE Workers United Web Site. 

But check in our Local 201 Web Site still for any messages that may be for Local 201 members on various local or national issues ,  including GE Contract Mobilization Actions for Local 201 members or messages from 201 Leadership.You can also read our Contract Reports #1 through #11 on our site to catch up on the major issues and the first 2 days of negotiations.

The International Union has been putting up DAILY GE Contract negotiation information reports on GE WORKERS UNITED WEB SITE for members across the country to read and Local 201 members need to read those reports daily on that site to stay informed.

Local 201 Business Agent Ric Casilli said it has been over 20 years since our membership has had  DAILY GE negotiation reports  from NYC right from the beginning of negotiations.  Casilli said "This is a really healthy change in our keeping our members informed"  and " I thank President Clark and Chairman Santamoor for implementing this change. This will strengthen the connection between all our negotiators in New York City and our members across the country and clearly compliments the new mobilization effort that was implemented in 2014 for the purpose of winning a just, decent and fair Contract for our members"

READ DAILY  GE NEGOTIATION UPDATES  - GE WORKERS UNITED WEB SITE

GE CONTRACT REPORT #11, JUNE 2 , 2015

Please read today (Day 2's) Bargaining Report that is up on GE WORKERS UNITED WEB-SITE. The National Union is issuing daily reports on bargaining on this site during this negotiations (rather than weekly) and there is no necessity to duplicate that report here.

NOTE: There is a couple of comments I would make after seeing the Company's initial Health Care Plan presentation(not proposal).  I hope GE does not forget that this 4 year old GE HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR PRODUCTION EMPLOYEES was the #1 DEMAND in SURVEYS of IUE-CWA AND CBC members across the country. Among other things,  members were not happy with the high contribution levels, the high deductibles, the co-insurances amounts, and high out of pocket maximum. Members are looking for improvements not increased cost sharing. and that will become abundantly clear next week when the Union presents its Health Care Proposals.

GE CONTRACT 2015 REPORT #10- OPENING DAY JUNE 1, 2015

NOTE: Reports #1 though #9 by Local 201 are on the bargaining issues and you can click the Contract update tab above to review the key bargaining issues.Too view the full Opening day speeches by President Jim Clark and Chairman Bob Santamoor - go to GE Workers United Web-site..

Negotiations opened today at approximately 1:00 PM in New York City.

The IUE-CWA and CBC union bargaining committees walked to the Negotiating hotel at 12:15 pm in the rain together in a show of solidarity.

IUE-CWA President Jim Clark, IUE-CWA Conference Board Chairman Bob​ Santamoor, and CWA District 1 President (soon to be CWA national President) Chris Shelton opened up remarks for the Union framing our members needs. GE Chief Negotiator John Gritti gave the Company's opening statement,

In brief summary, President Clark declared "do not underestimate our resolve". He stressed the sacrifices the union's have made over a number of years and the profits the Company has enjoyed.He said we seek investment in our facilities, a fair share in the company's large profits, and a commitment to keep promises made in relation to benefits for current and future retirees.

Chairman Santamoor expressed being disturbed about the Company's whole approach to negotiating and benefits - "It is like deja- vous all over again but even worse". He said the Company has to think about "integrity", compassion and empathy that has been lost over they years. He hit on what he called a "money grab" in relation to cuts they have been making on retiree benefits- medical and life insurance. He also said the attitude and approach in negotiating has to change and he said our union sub-committees need to be involved in meaningful and constructive bargaining. The Chairman concluded that we already paid for (by giving up more in wage increases) and bargained many of the gains that the Company seeks to take away.

CWA Shelton told GE that the 700,000 CWA members will be watching this bargaining as many are going into major Contract negotiations next and they will support our members in the industrial sector of our union. He , along with President Clark, expressed dismay about them trying to conclude a deal with Electrolux to sell the appliance division with no guarantees for union members that made sacrifices to make that business successful. Shelton said it is time for GE to bring jobs back to the US and help re- industrialize America, stop medical cost shifting on to their employees and honor the retirement benefits you promised your employees.

The Company Chief Negotiator, John Gritti defended the 2011 Contract package in terms of wage gains and the bonus (ACP), new hire gains with their defined contribution plan and "improved" paid time off accrual plan, pension increases and SERO/VRIP "Windows". He defended the new Medial plan of 2011 and  its consumer driven health care features saying it's catastrophic coverage design saved many families from out of control expenses and it lowers costs when "consumers" think about submitting a claim (he used auto insurance claims as a similar situation). Gritti also said "wages were out of whack" and lump sums had to be considered, SERO and SERO Windows do not work any longer, and defended the changes to salaried non-union members in regards to post-65 and life insurance. He closed with saying he looked forward to trying to reach a settlement for a "fair contract' that would continue to keep the company competitive by partnering to come up with creative solutions.

Tomorrow, the first full day of bargaining begins. The Company is scheduled in the AM session to make a presentation on our Health Care Plan for Production Employees (covers active members and pre-65 retirees). In the afternoon session, the Union is scheduled to make a presentation on Contract language issues.

 

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