The Erie Chamber has a message for the union leadership at GE. The chamber is saying, "let the rank and file vote on the latest proposal to save jobs at the Lawrence Park plant."
GE announced in April that it wants to eliminate 950 jobs at the plant and move work to Texas. The company, however, is negotiating with the union to save the jobs.
Sources close to the negotiations say GE is asking the union to accept a wage freeze, and in return, 375 jobs would be saved. Union negotiators turned that proposal down.
The chamber believes the rank and file should vote on it. Jake Rouch, VP of Economic Development, expressed that opinion today.
"Everyone needs to just be real about this and talk about it. The whole plant is at stake. The sooner everybody realizes that, the better. We're in a global economy and if people think the future of GE in Erie is not on the table right now....and people are saying you're being overly dramatic. Absolutely not."
The deadline for negotiations ends tomorrow.