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    Local 82161

The Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America


Representing General Electric  Workers Since 1957


    We are a group of employees who came together to promote our best common interests while working for our employer, the General Electric Company in Salem, VA (now known as G.E. Energy), and to be a part of a much larger organization  and cause that strengthens and protects the best interests of workers everywhere, and especially in the political arena where laws are passed that negatively affect us.

    We know, one person who stands alone in dealing with a large entity has no leverage and is left feeling helpless to their situation. Therefore, on November 25, 1957 our Local was formed with the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO, and we became known as IUE, Local 161, and we began our journey of having a voice for ourselves, our families, and other workers in our country.

    Today, we still stand together in unity, we have experienced what gives us strength, and we know our words and requests are taken seriously as a group. Individually, we are not afraid to voice our opinion to make things better or to have situations corrected as it is our purpose, duty and obligation as a worker to be involved in the resolutions of problems that improve our jobs, ourselves, and the  workplace. It is not necessary for us to run away in the other direction to avoid situations that should be addressed. Our purpose as a member has not changed over the last 50 years of our existence.  

    Our objective and purpose as members of our Local are to represent, protect, maintain, and advance the interest of the workers, to improve their wages, hours, and conditions of employment, to engage in legislative, political, educational, civic, welfare and other activities which further, directly or indirectly, the interests of the membership of this organization, and of workers everywhere, in the improvement of general economic and social conditions in the United States of America, Canada and generally in the nations of the world. We realize that the preservation of our freedom and the advancement of our economic well being require that our democratic institutions and our civil rights and liberties be preserved, strengthened and extended, and that they be protected against their totalitarian enemies.

    On October 1, 2000, the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO merged and united with the Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC. Our Local then became known as The Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America or IUE-CWA, Local 82161.

      The historic purpose of  IUE has been to bring working families together to achieve common goals; to build a better life for all union members and their families and to preserve the American Dream by winning good-paying, secure jobs, adequate health care and retirement benefits which enable members, and workers alike, to enjoy the autumn of their lives free from economic insecurity. The IUE merger with CWA (one of America's strongest, most progressive   unions), significantly enhances IUE's ability to continue to be A Force for Working Families.











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