Tensions have been high since Wabtec took over GE in Erie. UE Local 506 & 618 workers striking now for eight days. Hopefully, a solution will be found for all parties involved tomorrow during a mediation meeting.
Wabtec has released a statement saying:
“Tomorrow, we will return to the negotiating table to resume discussions with the UE. Unfortunately, over the last week, there has been a lot of misinformation shared by the Union leadership to the detriment of its members and the community.
Our intent for the Erie facility is, and has always been, clear: to strengthen its cost structure and position the site for growth, stability and success – while preserving some of the highest-paying manufacturing jobs in the region for our current employees. These are good, stable jobs that pay an average of $85,000 per year with salary and overtime for current hourly employees – more than 2X the average salary across the Erie metro area.
Our proven track record of working across sites to implement market-based wage structures will also benefit Erie and position the site for additional work and employee growth – just like it has in locations like Kansas City, Grove City, Cleveland and Las Vegas. Growth that we believe Erie deserves.
As we have said many times, a strike benefits no one. Over the last 3 months, Wabtec has made every effort to avoid a strike at the Erie plant; however, the union has repeatedly rejected the Company’s proposals.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to continuing discussions and hope that the UE shares the same commitment to reach an agreement. The community depends on it.”