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Posted: May 29th, 2013

Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America is planning a series of rallies Friday outside the east gate of GE Transportation.

Organizers say the rallies are designed to send a message to GE Transportation, which announced on April 9 a plan to eliminate 950 union and 100 management jobs at its Lawrence Park plant.

The rallies, which will be staged at GE Transportation’s east gate at Water and Main streets in Lawrence Park, will be held at 7 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.

The union and the company are more than halfway through a bargaining process that the union hopes will reduce the number of layoffs being planned.

The union says it plans Friday to deliver a petition with thousands of signatures to GE Transportation headquarters in Chicago and General Electric Co. headquarters in Connecticut.

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Posted: April 15th, 2013

Ron Ames figures he would be among the first to go if GE Transportation moves ahead with its plan to eliminate 950 union jobs at the company’s plant in Lawrence Park.

Ames, who lost his job when GAF closed in 2007, said he’s hoping public support for GE Transporation workers can help prevent that from happening.

Ames is among those working to organize the GE Impact Rally for noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday outside the company’s east gate, at the northeast corner of Water and Main streets in Lawrence Park.

A second union rally already had been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in that same location, said Roger Zaczyk, president of Local 506 of the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America.

The noon rally, “will be more of a community thing,” Ames said. “We wanted the community to have an opportunity to express their support.”

Ames, who has been making signs for the rally, said he’s been at GE Transportation only two years and ranks near the bottom in terms of seniority.

But Ames said the loss of GE jobs would be a hit for the entire community, not just the displaced workers.

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