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GE Facing New Unfair Labor Practice Charge

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UE 506 has filed a second unfair labor charge against GE.  Robert Chester, Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board in Pittsburgh confirmed that the new charge against the company was filed on June 14.  "It alleges a refusal to provide requested information and a delay in requested information," said Chester.

According to the filing, the union charges that GE refused to provide information or delayed information that UE 506 requested, regarding the transfer of work away from Erie.

In a recent interview, UE 506 President Scott Duke expressed frustration that the information didn't come in time as the decision bargaining window was closing.  "Our forensic financial advisor thought some information we were requesting was vital and we did not get it to this time," said Duke. 

In May UE 506 filed the initial unfair labor charge, claiming that GE started moving work to Texas long before notifying the union and beginning decision bargaining as required.

Now the NLRB says both cases are under investigation.  NLRB investigator Jason Scherer is gathering facts from both the employer and the union.  Those facts will determine if GE has committed a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.  "If there is," said Chester, "we will attempt to negotiate a settlement of the case, if not, we'll issue a complaint and schedule the matter for trial." 

If it gets to trial, an administrative law judge would hear the case.  As we've reported, the two sides failed to negotiate a settlement at the decision bargaining table.

Those charged with preserving and growing business in Erie say it won't be easy to make up for the lost jobs with wages estimated at $31.00 an hour.

"To us, it looks like we'd need 2000 jobs to make up for those 950," said Barbara Chaffee, President and CEO of the Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership.  "So that is our concern, believe it or not, we are concerned about the GE families and their wages and the rest of the community who are so dependent on GE."

 

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