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GE Transportation Confirms Layoff Notices

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GE Transportation officials confirm that the company has started handing out layoff notices for salaried workers.  In April, GE Transportation announced anticipated layoffs for as many as 100 non-union workers at the Erie plant.   GE spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson confirmed that some employees received layoff notices beginning Tuesday.  The company has not said how many employees are impacted so far or when the layoffs take effect.

Erickson repeated GE's justification for the cuts saying, "It's a very competitive and challenging global environment...and GE is taking the necessary actions based on the current and anticipated business conditions."

According to the company spokeswoman, the layoffs are not related GE's plan to transfer 950 union jobs to Texas, although the same market-based justifications have been used to make the case for both actions. 

Decision bargaining continues over the fate of those targeted 950 union jobs.  UE 506 hopes to convince the company to keep locomotive and mining equipment production work here. Late last week, the union filed a formal "unfair labor" charge against the company, claiming that GE began shifting work to Texas late in 2012, without notifying the union as required by law.  GE officials have said that the union needs to boost productivity and efficiency in Erie in order to save jobs here.

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