Up to 500 GE employees in Erie could lose jobs

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Up to 500 employees of General Electric Transportation could get layoff notices in the next 60 days.

The Erie Times-News reports that on Wednesday GE gave the notice to Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers.

The company announced in April that slowing orders and productivity issues at the century-old locomotive plant could lead to the elimination of 100 management and 950 union jobs there.

Scott Duke, president of UE Local 506, met with company officials at noon to discuss the layoffs. Duke says he had been holding out hope that orders for new equipment might prompt the company to rethink its plans.

GE spokespeople didn’t immediately respond to requests for details about the layoff notice.

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