More than 200 union appliance service technicians, including Machinists Union members, ratified a new two-year contract with GE-Haier this week. The contract includes general wage increases and caps healthcare costs, putting an average of $6,000 in the pockets of the members.

The technicians are represented by different unions, but use a Joint Bargaining Committee (JBC) to negotiate a national agreement. This increases the bargaining power of the group who reside all across the U.S. and work out of their company provided service vans.

“Congratulations to committee and all the service techs on their new agreement,” said IAM Collective Bargaining Director Craig Norman. “The Joint Bargaining Committee is a great example of how workers can use strength in numbers and solidarity to improve their wages and working conditions.”

“Congrats to the JBC and IAM Local Lodge 78 members on the successful ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement,” said District 10 Business Representative and Joint Bargaining Committee members Joe Terlisner. “Everyone involved should be commended for their commitment and dedication towards negotiating this agreement. The bargaining strength of the JBC, and unity of all the unions involved, aided in securing this national agreement for the members.”

“Congratulations to everyone involved in this new agreement,” said Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “It’s great to see Representatives and members from different labor organizations and different parts of the country, come together and secure a contract that benefits all brothers and sisters.”

The JBC consists of representatives from four major international unions: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), United Association (UA) and United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). 

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