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Senator Casey Urges More GE Talks

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U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), is trying to keep the pressure GE and its union workers to find common ground that would preserve jobs in Erie.  On Tuesday, Casey sent a letter to Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation, and Scott Duke, President of UE 506, urging them to continue discussions and keep the lines of communication open on an effort to save jobs in Erie.

As we've reported, both sides worked over the weekend to come to an agreement but the deadline passed without agreement on a plan to minimize job losses in the region. In his letter, Senator Casey cited the impact that potential job losses could have on the region's economy.

"I was disappointed that GE and UE 506 couldn't come to an agreement this weekend that would protect jobs in Erie, but I appreciate the long hours that each side put in," Senator Casey said. "Too much is at stake to just walk away. Keeping the lines of communication open over the coming days can provide a window to save a substantial number of jobs and I'm urging each side to remain open to talking."

Senator Casey talked with our Washington bureau.  We shared his remarks on our newscasts.  You can listen here on our website as well.

 

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