FORT EDWARD, N.Y. – A local union has sent a proposal to elected officials in an effort to keep the Fort Edward General Electric plant from relocating to Florida.
UE Local 332 in Fort Edward sent the urgent appeal to 16 state and area elected officials, including Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand. The union hopes to create a partnership with GE and government leaders.
GE announced on September 18th that they intended to move the Fort Edward facility in order to relocate to Clearwater, Florida. Approximately 178 production and 20 salaried employees would be affected by the move.
The proposed closure is subject to a 60-day decision bargaining period with UE Local 332, during which the company will consider any alternative proposals presented by the union. The 60-day period will end on November 17th.
Around 11 meetings have been held between the union and company since the intent announcement. According to GE official Christine Horne, a proposal has not yet been submitted to the company.
Those who would be affected by the closing, and those from other GE plants out of state, came together to protest last month.
If an agreement is not met, closure of the facility would occur no sooner than one year from the date of announced intent -- September 19, 2014.