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UE-GE National Contract Negotiations

Rally in Erie

June 3, 2000

Wearing bright orange t-shirts, carrying banners and sporting buttons, more than 2,500 unionized GE workers rallied on Saturday, June 3rd, in a huge show of solidarity during their current contract negotiations. UE, IUE, IAM, IFPTE and members of several other CBC unions expressing their determination to win a fair contract during the rally, hosted by UE Locals 506 and 618. 

UE General President John Hovis
UE General President John Hovis (left, above and at podium, below) pounded GE's corporate greed, seemingly insatiable given GE's profit bonanza of $10.7 billion last year. He outlined UE's proposals for a balanced agreement including more paid time off, reversing GE's cost-shifting in health care and substantially higher pensions. "GE must recognize the contributions made by our members ... and to what they offer, we say, it's not enough," he said to the cheers of the rally participants. After the rally, workers were treated to a picnic hosted by the UE Local 506 retirees association (RAGE) to the sound of a local reggae band playing Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up."
More Info: Visit Local 506's Rally page for additional details and more rally photos ...

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