Wisconsin G.E. Workers Complete WWW Negotiation Prep Program


IAM Local 1406 negotiation committee members completed the negotiation preparation program at the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. Front: Committee Chairperson Ross Hansen. Second row from left: Committee Members Ray Eller and Brent Sletten. Back Row from left: Local 1406 President and Committee Member Jeffery Chambers, District 10 Business Representative Joe Terlisner.

The negotiation committee for IAM Local 1406 in Dane, WI and District 10 staff completed the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

The week-long Negotiating Preparation class included training in drafting contract language, presenting proposals, analyzing the company’s strengths and weaknesses and identifying a broad array of potential tactics.

Recognizing that negotiations may be difficult for this contract, the committee strategized to learn from bargaining history with G.E. and map a new direction for relations with the company. The negotiators will put better language in the contract and increase efforts to build solidarity in the bargaining unit.

“The week at the Winpisinger Center did a good job of preparing the bargaining committee for negotiations.  Communications during bargaining, membership survey results, history of bargaining and an understanding of the bargaining process highlight a few of the topics discussed,” said District 10 Business Representative Joe Terlisner. “The committee is committed to negotiating a fair contract that demonstrates appreciation and respect, both now and in the future, for our hardworking membership.”

Local 1406 represents employees at G.E. Healthcare in Madison, WI who produce world-class healthcare equipment. The current contract expires June 15, 2016.