GE union workers vote on new contract; results to be released Wednesday

Jerry Carney
Jerry Carney

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The vote is in the books, but it is not clear whether Louisville GE workers approved a new contract. While the company says it's a good deal, not all employees agree.

Throughout the day Tuesday, busloads of union members arrived at the IUE-CWA Local 761 union hall on Poplar Level Road to cast their vote. The polls closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday, but we still don't know how the 2,000 members of voted. While Jerry Carney, the president of Local 761, said they won't release any numbers until Wednesday night because there are other unions who work at GE scheduled to vote, he did tell us he expects the contract will pass nationwide.

The tentative agreement was approved last week by negotiators for the GE unions. The new contract increases healthcare costs significantly, but also includes raises and a $5,000 incentive if the contract is approved.

GE is making a $1 billion investment to modernize Louisville's Appliance Park. But GE warned that future investment at the plant is on the line. That's why Carney was pushing members to approve the deal, one he called "very crucial."

"All of you know we've got $800 million coming into the park and this sends a strong signal to General Electric up there that I'm looking for more.  There's more opportunities out there and we're going after more jobs."

In a statement issued Tuesday night, Kim Freeman, a spokesperson for GE Appliance Park, said they would not comment until the union announced the voting results.

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