Next steps between the union and GE explained

The unoins representing the 575 General Electric employees facing layoff next year are deciding if they're going to go into what's called, 'decision bargaining'.  

But, what exactly does that mean?  According to Erie Labor and Employment Attorney Richard Perhacs, 'decision bargaining' is a process in which the company is obligated to discuss with the union major employment decisions.

With the GE announcement, Perhacs says the company has to provide the information that is the basis for the decision to the union for business justifications.  The union then has the opportunity to respond with a proposal to convince GE not to stop locomotive production and move 575 to Fort Worth, Texas.

The "purpose of the process is to give the union an opportunity to question the decision and basically to talk General Electric out of it," explains Perhacs, "that would involve them examining their contract and deciding what, if anything, they can offer General Electric to try to change its mind."

The time window the union and GE have set for the decision bargaining is 60 days.


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