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Posted: April 15th, 2013
GE community rally planned for noon Tuesday

Ron Ames figures he would be among the first to go if GE Transportation moves ahead with its plan to eliminate 950 union jobs at the company’s plant in Lawrence Park.

Ames, who lost his job when GAF closed in 2007, said he’s hoping public support for GE Transporation workers can help prevent that from happening.

Ames is among those working to organize the GE Impact Rally for noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday outside the company’s east gate, at the northeast corner of Water and Main streets in Lawrence Park.

A second union rally already had been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in that same location, said Roger Zaczyk, president of Local 506 of the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America.

The noon rally, “will be more of a community thing,” Ames said. “We wanted the community to have an opportunity to express their support.”

Ames, who has been making signs for the rally, said he’s been at GE Transportation only two years and ranks near the bottom in terms of seniority.

But Ames said the loss of GE jobs would be a hit for the entire community, not just the displaced workers.

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