Negotiations end to save Fort Edward GE plant

The GE plant in Fort Edward
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Updated: 11/18/2013 8:47 am

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. – An agreement has not been made between General Electric and UE Local 332 to save the company’s factory in Fort Edward.

Union leaders and GE representatives have been meeting every day since November 11 to discuss negotiations to keep the Fort Edward plant open.

GE announced in September its intent to shutdown the decades-old plant and move all operations to Clearwater, Fla. resulting in nearly 200 people losing their jobs.

Union reps claimed that GE brought little to the table for negotiations.

A statement from the corporation to NEWS10 ABC read, in part, "We have negotiated in good faith for 60 days and have taken the bargaining process extremely seriously."

UE Local 332 said it offered to cut jobs by 10 percent and to modernize equipment at the Fort Edward plant. GE said the union's proposal fell short of achieving the savings and efficiencies that would be generated by the proposed move to Florida.

GE said it has not made a final decision, and the company was willing to review any proposals until midnight.

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