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Bloomingfoods Employees continue Efforts to Organize Union

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Bloomingfoods employees are hoping and expecting their managers to remain neutral during the effort to organize into a union. Last week, the Daily Local News reported on indications that workers at the retail grocery co-operative were trying to unionize. During that report we conveyed some parts of our conversation with Cindy Beaux -lay, a former employee of Bloomingfoods, about working conditions and labor-management relations at the organization. She mentioned that there had been two prior unsuccessful attempts by employees to organize and that she was not surprised that another effort is now underway. Yesterday, we spoke to, Kaisa Goodman, a member of the worker organizing committee who confirmed that she and others had scheduled a meeting later in the day with Scott Bardette, an organizer with Local 700 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Bardette confirmed by phone this morning that he had met with some of the workers and was meeting again today with others. He then went on to talk about the position that the owner-members and the management would take during the union drive…

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Strike Mic – October 08, 2013

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A group of Indiana University Students have been meeting in the Indiana University Memorial Union every Monday evening for more than a year.

The group is a crucial component in bringing attention to IU employment practices, tuition increases, and the current lack of minority representation on campus.

The assembly in collaboration with WFHB, brings weekly updates of the work to inform our listeners of the practices of IU administration, and the work being done to address labor issues on campus and in our community.

This is…The Strike Mic.

Tune in to the Daily Local News every Tuesday for a new edition of The Strike Mic, a weekly update from your friends and neighbors working to strengthen the voice of IU students and staff.

Local GE Appliance Plant Working With Union To Eliminate 160 Production Jobs

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Local management and labor at the Bloomington GE Appliance plant are currently working out how the elimination of 160 production jobs will be handled.

On September 9, management announced that approximately 35 percent of the job shedding will be through early retirement provisions and the rest, around 100, will be laid off.

Since then, workers at the plant held rallies demanding there be no layoffs, and instead that GE cut its workforce only through early retirement and natural attrition.

WFHB requested interviews with GE, and instead received written statements reiterating what was already said.

We were able to speak to Carven Thomas, president of Bloomington Local 2249 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents the production workers at the local GE facility.

He talked about his local’s suggestion to management on the Special Early Retirement Option, and other means to avoid layoffs.

“We have a lot of folks in our building that are eligible to retire,” Thomas says, “If the company allowed a voluntary early retirement option for our 60-year-olds, only 30 workers would have to be laid off.”

The early retirement option would apply to any worker 55 years or older with 25 years of service at GE.

The union suggestion is designed not only to lessen the financial penalty of layoffs, but to allow older workers to retire early and keep younger workers on the job and the payroll.

Thomas told us that management said the cost of their suggestion was prohibitive.

“They’re saying it would cost $340,000 for each person to retire,” Thomas says.

Nevertheless, the union-management meetings have produced some increase in the number of employees who will be shed through early retirement packages.

“There won’t be as many as we would like, and we’re still in the process of negotiating more early retirements,” Thomas says.

GE management has been meeting with the union every day, and Thomas says he hopes they will continue until the union gets a good enough offer for a decision to be made.

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