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GE Appliances union workers meet ahead of proposed contract decision

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of union workers from GE Appliance Park met Sunday at Valley High School. 

On Tuesday, the workers have a big decision to make, whether to accept a proposed four-year labor contract.

The contract covers wages, benefits and work conditions for nearly 4,000 rank-and-file employees at the massive appliance factory.

GE wants to freeze pay and lower the starting rate to $12 an hour, a proposal that isn't sitting well with many workers.

"That's the main reason they were so upset today, was that continue to work without seeing any raises," Dana Crittendon, IUE-CWA Local 761 president, said. 

GE Appliances is now owned by Haier, a Chinese company. 

Managers say they have to cut labor costs to make Appliance Park profitable. 

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