Non-union workers at GE Aviation in Hooksett can reach top pay sooner

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Sep. 13—Non-union workers at GE Aviation in Hooksett will be able to reach the top pay in their jobs in fewer years under a plan the company approved earlier this year.

IUE-CWA Local 201, which represents workers at a plant in Lynn, Mass., said Tuesday it had reached a new tentative agreement to revise a 2016 agreement on how quickly wages may rise. But the changes at GE's plants in Hooksett and Rutland, Vermont, were made by the company earlier this year based on market analysis, a spokesman for GE said via email.

Nearly 900 people work at the Hooksett plant, according to GE Aviation's website.

"GE pays its employees competitive wages in every community in which we operate. Earlier this year, we reduced the number of years required for employees to reach top wages at several facilities, including in New Hampshire and Vermont, to boost recruitment as we hire additional employees there. We anticipated this being an item of bargaining in Lynn, as well, subject to company and union agreement," the company said in a statement.

The Lynn, Mass., deal, which the union called "a massive win for workers," will make union workers eligible for the top pay raise after six years, 40% to 60% sooner than called for in the 2016 pact.