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Posted: May 1st, 2013
Unsanctioned T-shirts take swipe at GE Transportation

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Inside the walls of GE Transportation, the acronym GETS is known to stand for GE Transportation Systems.

But that familiar phrase has taken on a new meaning on a T-shirt that’s been spotted around the Lawrence Park plant. On this black shirt, the orange letters spell out “Giving Erie The Shaft,” an apparent reference to the company’s plan to eliminate more than 1,000 local jobs.

The company and Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America are in the midst of a 60-day negotiating process aimed at reducing the number of jobs lost.

At least for now, neither the union nor the company is commenting directly on the status of those negotiations.
But a source inside the union did confirm that the shirts don’t bear the UE logo and aren’t being purchased, sold or sanctioned by UE 506.

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