Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by Thomas Gryta on July 10, 2019.
General Electric Company workers voted against a new four-year contract, surprising the conglomerate and union leaders who had negotiated the agreement last month and likely sending them back to the bargaining table.
While a majority of total votes cast were in approval of the contract, numerous local unions voted against the deal. Under the union’s rules, there was enough of a protest vote to reject the contract.
“We will be contacting GE to notify them of the results. GE’s obligation to bargain continues,” said the IUE-CWA, the biggest union that led the negotiations.The vote was thrown into confusion late Tuesday as some local unions celebrated an apparent rejection while union leaders and lawyers determined the next steps.
The contract, negotiated by a group of 11 unions covering about 6,600 workers, sought to maintain a labor peace as the struggling conglomerate restructures its operations. The union-represented workers are in various industrial divisions, including aviation, health care and power, in facilities across the country. …