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Posted: May 10th, 2013
Union charges GE Transportation with unfair labor practices

A union representing employees at GE Transportation has filed an unfair labor practices charge against the company with the National Labor Relations Board.

That complaint, filed in Pittsburgh this morning by the United Electrical Radio and Machines Workers of America, claimed that the company improperly removed work from its Erie plant without providing written notice and the opportunity for the union to bargain.

The charge of unfair labor practice comes as GE Transportation and its union workforce are in the midst of a 60-day decision bargaining process following an April 9 announcement by the company that it plans to eliminate 950 union jobs in Erie, moving much of that work to Texas.

The charges filed with the NLRB refers not to the current bargaining process, but to jobs lost late in 2012 and early in 2013 when the company began production in Fort Worth.

In a prepared statement, the union said it is “asking the NLRB to order that the work be returned to Erie and to enter an injunction preventing any further transfer of work from the Erie plant.”

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