Union workers at GE Transportation plan to rally Saturday in honor of workers facing layoff at the Lawrence Park plant and another 200 workers expected to lose their jobs at a GE plant in Fort Edward, N.Y.
Saturday’s rally, to be held outside the company’s Water Street gate, is scheduled for 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, which is sponsoring the rally, is urging local unions, families, friends and local businesses to attend.
“It’s going to be a rally for Fort Edward and the outgoing people who are hitting the street (in Erie),” said Scott Duke, president of Local 506.
The employment rolls at GE Transportation’s Lawrence Park plant are expected to fall by about 500 by the end of this year through a combination of about 50 retirements and about 450 layoffs.
Meanwhile, the General Electric Co., parent company of GE Transportation, announced in September that it would close a plant in Fort Edward, about 45 miles north of Albany.
Members of UE Local 322 at the company’s electrical capacitor plant proposed a plan hat would have trimmed 10 percent of the workforce and sought more than $20 million in public funding to upgrade the plant.
The company, which plans to move that work to Florida, rejected that plan.