Union presents plan to save jobs at GE Erie plant

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Union officials have presented a plan to keep 950 jobs at a General Electric Transportation plant in Erie, but the company cast doubt on the proposal.

The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/f76MQq ) reports Tuesday that the leadership of Local 506 says the union can save $20 million a year in exchange for the company agreeing to keep all the jobs.

But GE spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson says in a statement that at first glance the proposal doesn’t position the company “for long-term success or help improve our competitive standing in the marketplace.”

The bargaining process is scheduled to end Saturday. It began April 9 when the company announced plans to eliminate 100 management and 950 union jobs at its century-old Erie plant. The company cited a decline in orders and productivity issues.

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