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179 workers to lose their jobs when GE plant closes in 2014



Published: Sat, April 6, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

Staff report

WARREN

The 179 union workers at the General Electric Ohio Lamp Plant will be out of a job next January or thereafter, the president of its union said Friday.

“The ‘no’ vote pretty much did it,” Scott Moore, president of Local 722 of the IUE-CWA, said late Friday.

Moore had a meeting with company officials Friday afternoon at which they said talks were through and the plant is closing.

Moore said he has not scheduled a meeting with the union membership because they already know the news, and “they know what it means. They voted for it.”

The plant will close no sooner than next January by the terms of the contract, Moore said.

The workers voted down a proposal Monday that would have kept the plant open and shifted its work from its present production of incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient halogen bulbs, a popular draw for commercial customers looking to reduce their energy costs. The proposal also included some wage concessions.

Citing declining sales volume, the company had issued an intent-to-close notice in January for the plant, which employs about 200 people.

“Ultimately we had two months of decision bargaining to try and find cost-saving alternatives,” said Christopher Augustine, a GE spokesman. “We tentatively agreed to the proposal and, unfortunately because it wasn’t ratified by the union, we weren’t able to move forward with an agreement to keep the plant open.”

Augustine said he didn’t know if the union had requested further bargaining. He added that after final discussions and a few meetings this week with union leadership, the company made the decision to close the plant.

About 95 of the 179 union members were eligible for both retirement benefits and severance pay under the terms of the plant’s closing, a fact both union leadership and company officials said likely factored into the union’s vote against the proposal.


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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Morons.

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2Photoman(1013 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Isn't this the attitude we're currently teaching young people, "I've got mine-screw you"?

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3papa1(689 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

shame on the older workers who are able to walk away with a pension and benefits! the above sentiments are exactly right. shame!!

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4dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

i hope you people do not expect me to feel sorry for you. You are greedy and should be grateful in this economy that you even have a job to go to!!!!!!!

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5MLC75(568 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

You reap what you sow,stupity is the crop.

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6youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Sad to see this happen. It's events like these that tarnish the reputations of unions. I feel bad for all the younger workers who were screwed over by the old folks just looking for a little more gold in their parachute...But it's ok, unions are dwindling, and will be replaced by common sense.

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7redeye1(4634 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Sounds just like the Hostess vote a few months ago. Now these people are going to be enjoying the same benefits of our BIG Gov't programs from OBAMMY too. Aren't unions just great! NOT!!!!

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8redvert(2094 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

When you choose to have someone else dictate your future rather than advancing on your own merits you have no one to blame but yourselves.

ps: Knightcap, you called it perfectly.

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9AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Its funny how unions are to blame when companies close. I wonder if GE will be like Hostess/Wonderbread. We are closing business, can't afford to pay our employess, OH WAIT we want to give EXECUTIVES bonuses.

Hostess To Pay $1.75 Million In Executive Bonuses After Blaming Unions For Bankruptcy

Hostess Brands, the maker of sweet snacks like Twinkies that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, will ask a bankruptcy judge today to approve a plan that will allow it to pay $1.75 million in bonuses to 19 of its executives.

Congress never questioned the Banks when bailout money was given. However when money was given to GM, Congress said GM exec's should not fly to Washington since they are broke. I bet Congress still flies to Washington, even though the Country is broke.

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10redeye1(4634 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

AAC Isn't it the union who voted down this new contract that the company offered. That's why people are blamiing the union.!!!!!

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11iBuck(225 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I find the choice given odd. Why not move to LEDs instead of those risky, too-hot (hence inefficient and wasteful) halogen lights?

Well, unless they wanted to maneuver the unionists into rejecting the deal.

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