GE labor strike: Isolated event or start of trend

Maybe the strike at General Electric Jan. 14-15 was an isolated event, one company's problem. Or maybe it was something more.Eighteen thousand GE workers, representing 5.5% of the company's workforce, took part in the work stoppage, slowing operations at 48 locations in 23 states.They were protesting a company decision to pass along some of its rapidly rising costs of health insurance.GE estimated the cost of its decision to workers at $200/worker/year. Union officials said it would be twice that amount.The strike, by members of two electrical workers' unions, provides a rocky framework for contract negotiations beginning in June between GE and the United Auto Workers and Inte...

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