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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


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.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago


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2formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

And union leaders wonder why their membership and influence continues to dwindle. How does this negative ratification vote enable labor unions and their political supporters to keep a straight face when they claim to represent the middle class that just gave away 180 jobs in the face of certain plant closure?

Someone please explain to me when having no job became more important to people than having pride of independently supporting yourself and your family through hard work, rather than via government handouts. Oops, I forgot about extended unemployment benefits, food stamps, earned income credit, so-called refundable tax credits for education (i. e, income redistribution/welfare), subsidized child health care, and coming-soon government subsidized Obamacare Why work? The federal government and liberal elitists will take care of you when you become too lazy and ignorant to care.

When the federal money tree dries up, Generations X, Y, and the new Millenniums are screwed.

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3Knightcap(699 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

UNIONS - A dedicated shop steward was at a convention in Las Vegas. He decided to check into some of the local brothels. At the first one he asked the madame, is this a union house? She replied no. He then asked if paid $100 what is the girls cut? She said the house gets $80 and the girls $20. Disgruntled he left and went to the next brothel. He asked the madame there is this a union house? She said yes. What cut do the girls get ? She replied $20 goes to the house and $80 to the girls. That's more like it, he looked around the room and pointed at stunning attractive redhead and said I'll have her for the night.
The madame said I'm sure you would sir, gesturing to a fat, gray haired, fifty year old woman in the corner, " but Ethel here has SENIORITY". - UNIONS

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4Photoman(1004 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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5papa1(662 comments)posted 1 year, 5 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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6dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 5 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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7MLC75(529 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

You reap what you sow,stupity is the crop.

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8youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 1 year, 5 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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9redvert(2064 comments)posted 1 year, 5 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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10AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 5 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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11iBuck(220 comments)posted 1 year, 5 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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