Union: General Electric to keep Appliance Park warehouse workers - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Union: General Electric to keep Appliance Park warehouse workers at least 45 more days

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IUE-CWA 761 President Dana Crittendon IUE-CWA 761 President Dana Crittendon

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- General Electric Appliances will delay its planned outsourcing of the warehouse operations at Appliance Park for 45 days, meaning about 200 union workers will keep their jobs until Aug. 21.

Dana Crittendon, president of IUE-CWA Local 761, announced the agreement in a letter to union workers on Friday. WDRB obtained a copy of the letter.

GE Appliances first said in April that it wanted to outsource the Louisville warehouse  -- a building known as AP10 -- to third-party logistics company.

With GE employees, the warehouse "continues to lag behind industry performance" and costs 30 percent more to operate than seven other GE warehouses around the country that are run by third-party companies, GE told employees in a letter announcing the change.

Crittendon said in his letter Friday that the company's position is that there was "little to no improvement in productivity" during the legally required 60-day waiting period before the warehouse could be outsourced.

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