Local unions are now on the clock to decide if they want to go into decision bargaining with GE. They have ten business days to make a decision.
If the union decides to enter in to decision bargaining then they have 60 days to reach an agreement to try and keep union jobs here, but Union President Scott Slawson doesn't seem optimistic about reaching an agreement.
UE Local 56's Slawson is angered by the GE news. He says it doesn't have to be this way, but the company feels it does. He says over the next ten business days, the board and officials will continue to meet to decide if they want to enter into a decision bargaining with the company. However, Slawson says bargaining with GE is difficult. He tells us GE asks for things they can't accept and never offers "any promise of hope".
"This site has been attacked over and over again over the past several years," says Slawson. "It seems like every year no contract's good enough, no discussion is good enough, no bargaining session is good enough. They've made it very clear it's a wage issue. Efficiencies don't mean anything, quality doesn't mean anything, loyalty doesn't mean anything."
Slawson added if this does happen and the jobs leave, this will leave less than a thousand union jobs in the plant. At one point in the 70's there was 16,000. In 2010, around 4,000. He says decisions made by big corporations continue to devastate the community.
Hear more from Slawson in the video above.