General Electric today announced plans to close its two Fort Wayne operations, eliminating about 88 positions in one year as it sends the work to Mexico.
GE employs about 28 workers at a local testing lab and about 60 in its executive center on Coliseum Boulevard.
Company officials have entered into a 60-day “decision bargaining period” with the International Union of Electrical Workers and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The two-month period will allow union officials to make alternative proposals that will be considered by the company.
But the head of one of those locals isn’t optimistic that the talks will prompt GE to scuttle the plan. Fewer than 25 of the affected workers are union members, he said.
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