GE to union: Take latest proposal to a vote

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A week after both parties walked away from the table without an agreement, General Electric is calling for a union vote on their latest proposal.

The deadline for a deal between GE and the union ran out last Monday at midnight, but both parties walked away without an agreement.

GE said Monday that the company thinks union members should take a vote.

More than 150 jobs at the Lawrence Park plant are on the chopping block after a winter of layoffs that saw more than 1,000 workers sent home.

In a statement to JET 24 Action News, GE Transportation said they want union leadership to put the latest proposal up for a vote.

GE said its offering would save 59 of 181 impacted jobs, with plans to create 150 new jobs, but at a lower wage.

The company said in order to remain competitive, salaries must be market-based and GE believes the Erie wage rate is “out of step with the market for this work.”

In a statement GE said:

“We do hope that the union takes the company’s last proposal to a vote, and that employees have the ability to make a deliberate and informed decision about GE’s last offer on the table.”

GE also said this latest proposal, which again was not agreed upon last week, is still doable and also includes a three-year moratorium on transfers of work.

The union did not respond to requests for comment.

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