Scott Duke, president of Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America at GE Transportation, said he met only once and for about 15 minutes with Lorenzo Simonelli, the company’s previous chief executive.
Duke, who spoke with Simonelli after protesting outside GE Transportation’s headquarters in Chicago, said he met today with Simonelli’s replacement under more favorable conditions.
Duke said he and Mike Hayes, chief union steward, spoke with Chief Executive Russell Stokes for about 45 minutes inside the company’s offices in Building 14 at the Lawrence Park plant.
Duke said he’s looking forward to a good working relationship with Stokes.
“He also said he wanted to reach out to us again,” Duke said.
While Simonelli served for more than five years with GE Transportation, he held the top post for only six months after Duke was named union president in April.
– Jim Martin