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Two Rallies Planned at Erie G-E Plant

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Two rallies are planned outside the Erie General Electric plant on Tuesday over the job cuts the company announced last week.  Community members will stage what they call a G-E impact rally at 12:00 noon outside the comany's east gate.  Labor union members will rally at the same location beginning at 2:30 PM.  Outgoing UE 506 Union President Roger Zaczyk said, "Doing something is better than doing nothing.  Everybody's on the same page, we're here to keep as many people working in the G-E plant as possible."

A new union president officially takes over on Thursday.  Scott Duke a nine and a half year employee in G-E's propulsion department and a shop steward takes over as the union starts 60 days of so called "decision bargaining" to try and save 950 union jobs.  We asked him if the workers will consider concessions if it means saving jobs.  "I really haven't talked to the work force about that," said Duke who takes over on Thursday.  " I just know it was somber for the day of the announcement, it's going to take a little bit for it to sink in, but everybody's hopeful that we can come to some sort of an agreement to keep the jobs here."


The union says its rally will be a time to vent about the shift of work from Erie to Texas.
 But plant steward Mike Hayes is already venting.  He says he is bewildered why with an issue as big as this, G-E Transportation CEO Lorenzo Simonelli has not met face to face with union officials.  "We don't know what the company wants number one," said Hayes, "whether it's work rules, how many hours we work a day, we don't know none of that stuff officially, because the only place I've seen that is in the newspaper." Hayes added, We're always up for a meeting, why we haven't met, I don't know."

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