WARREN - The union representing workers at the GE Ohio Lamp Plant here have voted against a plan to keep the site open, according to the company.
Last week employees of the plant said the offer included 15 percent wage concessions, subsequent wage freezes and personnel reduction. A no vote is expected to close the plant permanently by January 2014.
A company announcement in January that the area's last remaining GE plant was targeted for permanent shutdown was met with the offer of an alternate plan negotiated by union leadership and GE management. The proposed closing came due to declining volume at the facility as customers shift from the halogen PAR lamps and specialty incandescent products made there to more energy-efficient lighting products, many produced overseas.
Last week's proposal has met the company's and national union's approval. Today's vote by the 179 members of Local 722 of the International Union of Electrical workers-Communications Workers of America was the last step in the process that would keep the plant open at least until June 2015, when the existing national labor contract expires.
At this time no final decision has been made regarding Ohio Lamp Plant until we have some further discussions with union leadership about the results of the ratification vote.
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