A contract hammered out by a group of 11 unions with General Electric was rejected by locals in Schenectady and Lynn, Mass., throwing the agreement in doubt, the Wall Street Journal reported.
While most who voted approved the four-year contract, dissent within some locals was enough to scrap the deal since union rules dictate that if a majority of votes at a site are against the deal, then every member’s vote at that site is counted as against.
The Journal reported that members in some locals were disappointed with the agreement’s terms, including higher healthcare costs. The workers said they have already forfeited enough and that they should not bear the brunt of mismanagement.
The GE workers covered by the contract are in aviation, healthcare and power industries at various facilities.
“The legal department is looking into the legality of the issue,” said a statement from the IUE-CWA, which led the negotiations.