Skip to comments.GE to Cut Back Trains (Cut 950 Jobs, Some Go to Texas)
Posted on 04/10/2013 6:58:10 AM PDT by Lorianne
General Electric Co. GE +0.35%plans to cut 950 jobs at its unionized locomotive plant in Pennsylvania and shift one-sixth of the employment to a newer facility in Texas, citing weaker North American locomotive demand due to falling coal prices.
The job cuts will begin in October pending a 60-day period of talks with union leaders. GE met with representatives from the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union Tuesday. The company plans to add 160 jobs in Texas.
GE's factory in Fort Worth, Texaswhich isn't unionized and began locomotive production in Januaryis 20% more productive per employee than the more-than-100-year-old plant in Erie, Pa., according to Mr. Simonelli. That cost advantage, coupled with the lower sales outlook, prompted the move, he said.
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I don’t know if this is still the case, but for years, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union was controlled by Communists.
This union single-handedly destroyed manufacturing in the Northeast. America once had a thriving machine tool industry in Vermont.
Just like when CAT bought Electro-Motive they shut down the union work in Canada and moved to Muncie Indiana.
Hope and change. Love it, Like it, Live it..............
...and Connecticut, Massachusetts.........
More jobs for Texans.
“I dont know if this is still the case, but for years, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union was controlled by Communists.”
I take for granted that all unions are run by either the mafia or communists.
Is obama going to take GE to court to stop this union busting?
And in Connecticut, too.
You just have to wonder how long GM, Ford and Chrysler are going to be able to survive with the UAW. They will have to move mfg. out of the country to get away from this scourge, and figure out how to escape their untenable pension expense.
So in Texas, a non-union worker actually works for eight hours per day, while in PA the union protected hack works for 6.4 hours and spends the rest of the time "hanging out".
It has nothing to do with the age of the plant, and everything to do with union rules that kill individual incentive.
General Electric has built locomotives in Brazil for years.
Sounds like a deliberate attempt to contaminate Texas——Northern Liberals——Union members Texas doesn’t need-—more Dem voters to take more Texas legislative seats away from Republicans.
“General Electric has built locomotives in Brazil for years.”
Sure for the SA market. We’re talking about domestic manufacturing moving to Texas, which is a good thing. Maybe when big chunks of the NE and Upper Midwest are beginning to look like Detroit and Chicago, the morons who live there may finally make the connection.
I was treated to a tour of that Erie plant back in the mid-sixties by a college friend who worked there. It was a Sunday morning...and it wasn't working.
The place looked primitive, even then. And, even then, my college buddy remarked how the union was a burden on the facility.
Ah, Presque Isle on the 4th of July -- I remember it well. Damn near froze to death...
I do not think they understand the concept of cause and effect, much less unintended consequences.
“I do not think they understand the concept of cause and effect, much less unintended consequences.”
Although I have a hard time being the least bit conciliatory, union members are somewhat like our school children, having been “indoctrinated” into the “union goon philosophy of life,” which like the “La Raza Creedo, For the union member todo, for everyone else nada.” And the Earl Butz corollary (he reserved for “Holder’s People) .” “ All they want is a tight p_ssy, loose shoes, and a warm place to relieve themselves.”
Since they have stolen from the rest of us for the past sixty years or more, I don’t give too hoots in hell about any of them. It would be fitting if they all ended up in the street.