Contract Extension Update #4 – June 24, 2019: GE provides the Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) a Final Proposal

At 8:00PM EST, Monday June 24, 2019, the Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee was presented a Final Proposal by GE. This concludes twenty (20) days of negotiations in Cincinnati, OH, one day after the 2015-2019 collective bargaining agreement expiration of midnight, June 23, 2019.

IAMAW Local 78 – Milwaukee/Waukesha, WI, Local 439 – Warrenville Heights, OH, Local 912 – Evendale, OH and Local 1916 – Milwaukee/Waukesha/Oak Creek, WI, with the support of the IAMAW DOES NOT RECOMMEND ACCEPTANCE.

The IAM Local Lodge committees voted 100% not to support the GE Company package. Committee representatives feel the contract package does not reflect the value our members bring to the GE Company.

General Vice President Brian Bryant, Director of Collective Bargaining Craig Norman and Aerospace Coordinator Rod Hoffman, support the Locals decision and demand that GE Negotiators return to the table immediately to negotiate Local issues. We also encourage all other CBC Union members to join the fight and demand a fair and equitable contract from GE.

The final proposal will be provided to the membership when available and include all local and national negotiated changes. Ratification and strike vote date, time and location will be identified and communicated to the membership of each union when appropriate.

Your negotiating team feels that the company’s offer does not represent a fair and equitable benefit and wage package for the labor of our members.

Highlights from Company’s Four (4) Year Proposal Include:

Wages / Financials

Year 1 – General Wage Increase (GWI) – $0.75 – January 27, 2020

Year 2 – GWI – $0.30 & Accelerated Cash Payment (ACP) – $1200 – January 25, 2021

Year 3 – ACP – January 24, 2022 – $1800

Year 4 – GWI – January 23, 2023 – $0.75

Ratification Bonus – $1,500 – Paid after Aug 1, 2019 – if ratified by July 3, 2019

Health Care

  • Premium Increases: Year 1 — 0%

                                                            Year 2 — 5.9%

                                                            Year 3 — 5.9%

                                                            Year 4 — 5.9%

  • Increase in medical plan deductible — $100/$200/$250 effective 1-1-2020
  • No additional HRA dollars
  • Implementation of a New Premium Dental Plan

Annual deductible — (no change) $50/$100/$150 effective 1-1-2020


  • Discontinue Article V, 7(a)(2), 7(a)(3) i.e. day shift early in double time
  • Discontinue Double Bubble Rule Article V, Section 2(b)(3), 4(b)(3)
  • Agree to work on Saturday/Sunday scheduling at the local level

Double Time only after 12 hours in a workday and on Sunday.


Retirement Modifications

Pension Plan Special Supplement reduced to $375 per month

Regular Supplement to $23 per year


Retiree Health

Company does not agree to reinstate Retiree Reimbursement Account, and Retiree Life and Disability Life Insurance

The IUE-CWA agreed to withdraw the Union Proposal


Time Off

            Immediate eligibility upon hire for holiday pay

            Two paid days off for a colonoscopy

            Enhanced pay for military service members



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