Mayor Says GE will Lay Off Hundreds
Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott says that the head of GE transportation has told him to expect more than 900 layoffs at its Erie plant.
No timetable has been given.
Sinnott says that GE Transportation President Lorenzo Simonelli told him by phone that the company has decided to move its latest line of locomotives to its new plant in Texas.
That coupled with a slowdown in the mining side of the business is leading to the layoffs.
An attempt to contact UE 506 union leadership is unsuccessful at this time because they are in an executive session.
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GE builds equipment used in mining and also builds locomotives that help deliver coal and other resources that are mined.
GE's 3570 union employees have been worried for weeks about the downturn. They watched as competitors like Caterpillar and Joy Global went through layoffs or saw stock values fall.
Caterpillar recently laid off 460 workers citing the same business slowdown.