Union leaders of UE 506 at Erie General Electric are meeting with their membership to offer updated information on the status of decision bargaining talks with the company. The union represents 3700 employees at the Erie plant. UE 506 has been in talks with company officials since April when GE Transportation announced intentions to transfer 1,000 jobs to its new manufacturing plant in Fort Worth Texas. Of the jobs targeted to head south, 950 are union positions.
Union members from the company's third shift crowded into the UE hall on Main Street in Lawrence Park Thursday morning. Sessions for the day shift and second shift are scheduled in the afternoon.
Part of the update will include details from the analysis of a forensic financial analyst hired by the union. Jim Schaffner of Schaffner, Knight Minnaugh determined that the Erie plant is actually twice as efficient in locomotive production than the Texas facility.
Company officials disputed the experts findings, but signaled a willingness to keep talking. Union President Scott Duke said another bargaining session is set for Friday at 9:00 AM.