GE Appliances, Union Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract
Louisville, Ky. - November 17, 2016
GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, today reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contract with national leaders of the IUE-CWA and Local 83761 after 13 weeks of negotiations. The agreement is now subject to review and ratification by the approximately 4000 union members who work at Appliance Park.
The new four-year contract provides employees with a strong pay and benefits package, while also allowing the business to improve the competitiveness of Appliance Park manufacturing, which presently operates at an annual loss. Details of the package will be shared with union members by their leadership.
GEA Chief Negotiator for Appliance Park Eric Leef said, "The talks were challenging, but the team respectfully worked to come up with a solid plan that helps the company compete and is fair to employees. GE Appliances, now the U.S. arm of a global appliance company, had to make adjustments to improve its ability to compete in the low-margin, crowded industry in which it operates. With this contract, endorsed by union leadership, GEA is better positioned to improve Appliance Park operations, serve customers better and work to continue to offer good jobs in the Louisville community that remain among the best in the industry."
The IUE-CWA leaders are expected to share the tentative agreement with their members on Sunday. The ratification vote is expected to take place the middle of next week. Ratification of the proposed contract requires that 50 percent of the union members plus one vote to accept.
"We encourage every union employee to vote to accept the new contract that is favorable for American manufacturing and the Louisville community," said Leef.