GE Negotiating Committee Kicks off Plant Tours

The GE unions’ Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) has begun touring union represented GE Plants. The CBC is made up of all the Unions that represent GE workers that fall under our National Agreement. The tours are designed to give our negotiating committee a complete picture of every plants specific needs and demands, and offer a chance for union members to speak with their Negotiating Committee.  In December the weather interfered with the official 1st stop in Salem, Virginia (IUE-CWA 161). In January, Business Agent Bill Maher went to Madisonville, KY (IUE-CWA 701), the 2nd stop on the tour schedule. The presence of the Negotiating Committee on the shop floor was a welcome development.  A member of Madisonville E-Board said “I had always heard about the negotiating team, but I never have seen them”. The CBC’s tours are helping to demystify the negotiating process and encourage member input and involvement from the shop floor.  In February, Union Representatives from around the country toured the GE Aviation Plant in Evendale, Ohio (UAW Local 647). Pictured above are some members of the Union Negotiating team in Evandale. This fresh approach to negotiating a contract should lead to a more transparent finish.

 Next stop on the tour is Lynn, MA.  Local 201 members at the Riverworks make up a large percentage of the union workers in the CBC. The CBC team will be spending several days in Lynn that will include a tour of the River Works plant. Local 201 surveys went out to the shops, results will be tabulated and presented to the negotiating team in March. If you have not filled out a survey please do and get it back to your steward or bring it to the union hall.