The United Way helps fight poverty across Erie County with the help of generous donors. For more than 65 years, one the biggest donors has been organized labor groups, who give more than one million dollar annually.
"We're all in this together, to fight poverty and organized labor has a view and a vision to make our community better for everybody, not just themselves," said Bill Jackson, President of the United Way of Erie County. "We share that view."
The single largest contribution to the United Way's Annual Campaign comes from workers at GE Transportation. Could the job transfer coming up have an impact on just how much money the United Way receives? UE 506 President Scott Duke, thinks it could.
"Yes, it will take a major factor of a blow, as much as I'd hate to say that."
Duke said that he and 3,600 other union workers contribute to the United Way. He's hoping some jobs can be saved, so workers will be able to keep giving to help the United Way grow.
"It's a great organization," said Duke. "I'm proud to be apart of it, I know everyone is proud to be a part of it. The money that's taken out of our paychecks every week, they understand it's going to a very good cause and I hope to keep it going that way."
Jackson said this can't be looked at as what the United Way could be losing. Instead, everyone now just has to do their part, to make sure the United Way continues to follow their mission.
"I think that the commitment that GE has to support the United Way and the efforts of the United Way, I think they're going to continue to be strong," said Senator Sean Wiley, (D) 49th District.
"As an organization, we're still going to move forward," said Oliver, Labor Liaison for the United Way of Erie County. "We're still going to support GE workers and just look for other revenue in other avenues to make up the difference."
The formal 60-day WARN notice was given two weeks ago, giving workers the notice of layoffs. November 4th is the expected start date of those layoffs.