GE Secures Four-Year Labor Deal with Unions for 6,600 Workers

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Bob Macherone, business agent for IUE-CWA Local 301, addresses union members and retirees as they hold a protest outside the gates of General Electric on May 17, 2018, in Schenectady, New York. Retirees say that they are unfairly seeing benefits taken away year after year by General Electric after decades of working for the company. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)

Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on August 14, 2019.

General Electric Company has clinched a labor deal with all 6,600 of its unionized workers in the United States, averting potential strikes that could have hit the ailing conglomerate’s jet engine production, the company and unions said on Wednesday.

Voting in recent days, union locals approved a four-year contract governing electrical workers, machinists, steelworkers, autoworkers, Teamsters and engineers, the two sides said.

“We now have a ratified four-year labor agreement with all of our unions,” GE spokesman Jeff Caywood said in a statement emailed to Reuters on Wednesday.

Representatives of the IUE-CWA, the union that took the lead in negotiations, were not immediately available to comment. A statement posted on Wednesday on the union’s website said all locals had approved the deal and 77 percent of members had voted. …

NY Times 8/14

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