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Local Union 332 takes out newspaper ad slamming Cuomo


FORT EDWARD, N.Y. - The Union representing the 200 workers of General Electric's Fort Edward plant, who are set to lose their jobs next year, are attacking Governor Cuomo in a newspaper ad.

 UE Local 332 took out a full page spread in Sunday's Times Union, stating Cuomo did little to save the worker's jobs. This comes after GE announced plans to close the factory and move operations to the state of Florida next fall.

 The union says Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand also put in little effort to save the jobs.

However, the advertisement also said the Governor's office "at least indicated support for us."

In November, GE finalized the plans to close the plant in September 2014.

The decision was made after completing the 60-day decision bargaining period and carefully considering the union's proposal. UE Local 332 said it offered to cut jobs by 10 percent and to modernize equipment at the Fort Edward plant. GE officials said the proposal submitted by the union fell well short of the savings and efficiencies that would be generated by the proposed move.

During the bargaining period, a number of rallies were held in Fort Edward, protesting the closure.



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