Area lawmakers and local elected officials today finally received a response from the head of GE Transportation to the company's plans to cut about a 1,000 local jobs. The work would move to a new GE facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
We obtained a copy of the letter written by GE Transportation CEO Lorenzo Simonelli.
The letter re-states the company's position that GE is shifting the work to improve efficiency and productivity. But he says GE remains committed to Erie, citing $72 million in upgrades since 2011.
Simonelli promises management will be fully engaged in the decision bargaining now underway with UE Local 506.
In the letter, Simonelli writes, "You have my assurance that we will listen fully and engage completely. How our dialogue progresses will shape our final determination on the proposed transfer, including the potential for altering our proposal."