Local leaders share their anger and disappointment with GE

Area leaders are calling GE's latest announcement a disappointment and an insult. Erie Mayor, Joe Sinnott hoping to announce positive news in a news conference this morning; instead, reacting to GE's negative news.  He says it's disappointing, but he says this won't be the end of Erie.

"I think that we're a stronger community than that, but it certainly would be a challenge," says Sinnott. Those are good, family sustaining jobs. They're jobs that have been there for generations. There's generations of families that are based in GE employment. So it will be a very significant challenge."

Senator Bob Casey released a scathing statement earlier today, "Once again, GE has turned its back on Northwestern Pennsylvania and the workers who have made its company a success," says Senator Bob Casey, "GE’s actions are insulting. Instead of supporting the workers who have made GE what it is today, its corporate executives are pursuing more cheap labor in Texas. The skilled, experienced workers in Erie have done everything that has been asked of them, only to get slapped in the face by GE over and over again. Today, I stand in solidarity with the workers and their families, who after years of hard work, deserve better than GE’s pursuit of cheap labor in Texas.”

Senator Dan Laughlin also expressed his disappointment in the corporate powerhouse for the move, "I am extremely disappointed by GE Transportation’s announcement that it plans to end locomotive production at its Lawrence Park Township facility next year. It is particularly distressing that up to 575 employees could lose their jobs as part of this move. Unfortunately, the downsizing of the GE plant in the past has already prepared the community to handle – as best as we can – the human aspect of this corporate decision. The Erie Unemployment Compensation Service Center stands ready to assist the employees. My office is committed to helping these workers in any way that we can.”


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