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Posted: May 1st, 2013
Erie’s DiNicola joins union team at GE Transportation

Erie lawyer Ron DiNicola, who can already claim Erie County government and boxing great Muhammad Ali as clients, has been retained by 3,500 new clients — union members at GE Transportation.

On April 18, in one of his first official acts as the new president of Local 506 of the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America, Scott Duke proposed the union retain DiNicola to assist in the decision bargaining with GE Transportation.
Earlier in April, the company had announced its intention to eliminate 950 union jobs and 100 management positions at its Lawrence Park plant.

As part of a process called decision bargaining, the company and its main union have entered negotiations aimed at reducing the number of lost jobs.

DiNicola, a former Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, has a history with the UE.

The union retained him in 2010 after more than a 1,000 of its members were denied a bid for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance, which provides wide-reaching benefits to employees who lose their jobs due to foreign competition.

With DiNicola’s assistance, the union won those benefits after submitting its third application.

DiNicola confirmed that he’s working with the UE, but said he won’t provide a commentary on the negotiating process.
“The parties have elected to refrain from providing a color commentary on the negotiations. That is appropriate,” DiNicola said.

For more coverage of GE Transportation, visit: http://goerie.com/section/ge

— Jim Martin

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