Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Work Stoppage at General Electric Ends

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Work Stoppage at General Electric Ends

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A 7-week work stoppage at General Electric Co.'s aircraft engine plant in Evendale, OH, ended when the company and the Auto Workers and Machinists unions agreed on contract provisions regarding job consolidations and subcontracting. The stoppage began when General Electric moved to implement a plan, announced in 1987, under which the 5,300 employees represented by the Auto Workers would have been assigned to 32 job classifications, down from 84, to help improve the plant's competitive position. Although the reclassification of duties was expected to result in wage increases for 36 percent of the workers, the Auto Workers contended that it would also result in the loss of 10 percent of the jobs in the bargaining unit. The settlement provided that the number of classifications will only be reduced to 40 and that there will be no resulting layoffs. Employees forced into lower rated jobs will retain their current pay rate for 2 years. The settlement does not prohibit layoffs resulting from declining sales. …

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