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Posted: June 26th, 2013
GE Transportation: ‘We have decided to move forward’

The decision appears to be final.

Four days after negotiations ended Saturday between GE Transportation and Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, the company confirmed this morning that it will move ahead with plans to transfer a large amount of work from the Erie plant to the company’s new facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

The company and the union negotiated for more than two months over proposals that would have reduced the company’s plans to lay off 950 union workers in Erie. Those talks ended at midnight Saturday without an agreement.

Lorenzo Simonelli, the company’s chief executive, announced in an e-mail to employees that after considering its options the company would move forward.

Simonelli’s e-mail read in part:

“We have considered the subjects discussed during bargaining, and looked closely at what is best for our long term competitive position. We have decided to move forward with our proposed transfer of locomotive and OHV production to GE’s Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas and take corresponding job actions in Erie, beginning in October.”

He concluded by saying, “We recognize this will be difficult for our friends, colleagues and neighbors. However, Erie will continue to be an integral location for GE Transportation, and we are taking this important step to ensure the company is stronger, more competitive and can meet the growing challenges of our global economy.”

For more coverage, turn to Thursday’s Erie Times-News and GoErie.com

— Jim Martin

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