Louisville Courier-Journal: GE Appliance union members overwhelmingly reject proposed contract

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By GRACE SCHNEIDER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — GE Appliances hourly workers want higher pay and better benefits, and they sent that message to their union leaders and the company Wednesday, voting down a new contract proposal by a whopping 87%.

After the overwhelming rejection, union leaders and the company's bargaining team pledged to get to work quickly to forge another deal that satisfies employees and the appliances maker.

The rejected four-year agreement included a boost in entry-level wages to $15.50 an hour, from the current $14 an hour, plus a freeze on employee payroll contributions for health insurance for two years. Those hired since 2005 were offered wage increases totaling an average of $7,000 over the coming two years.

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