SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Unionized General Electric workers from plants around the country are planning to rally on Tuesday in Schenectady. They’ll be coming from as far as Kentucky, Kansas, and Massachusetts, marching from IUE-CWA Local 301 Union Hall at 251 State Street to Schenectady GE. There, the workers will rally and demand that the nearly $80 billion company reinvest in American workers, stop alleged illegal union busting, and take immediate action to protect jobs, strengthen pay, and cut healthcare costs for its workforce.
With union contracts for thousands of GE workers across the nation set to expire in summer 2023, march organizers say GE is pushing a $2.5 billion plan to break up the company. Workers called the march “the largest coordinated, multi-state national action aimed at the industry giant in years.”
Organizers say workers will also repeat their demands that GE stop outsourcing and offshoring jobs and commit to ensuring workers will keep the rights they’ve won through collective bargaining when GE eventually splits into three publicly traded companies focused on healthcare, aerospace, and energy.
GE released a statement to News10 ahead of the rally saying, “so far in 2022, we’ve added 50 new manufacturing jobs to our Schenectady site and are hiring for another 25 roles by the end of the year.” Tuesday’s rally is slated from noon to 1 p.m.