Salaried workers joining GE Transportation layoffs in Erie

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — GE Transportation says some salaried workers are among 1,500 workers being laid off at a locomotive manufacturing plant in northwestern Pennsylvania. GE announced in November that it would begin laying off one-third of the Erie-area plant's 4,500 workers in January. At the time,...

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — GE Transportation says some salaried workers are among 1,500 workers being laid off at a locomotive manufacturing plant in northwestern Pennsylvania.

GE announced in November that it would begin laying off one-third of the Erie-area plant's 4,500 workers in January.

At the time, it was said the 1,500 workers being cut are hourly workers represented by United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 506.

But now a GE Transportation spokeswoman tells the Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1lNXL1k ) that some non-union, salaried employees are being included in the layoffs.

Spokeswoman Cathy Heiman says the number of layoffs hasn't increased. However, a number of job cuts have been shifted from hourly to salaried workers.

The company isn't saying how many salaried workers are affected.

The layoffs were caused by a slowdown in orders following an unusually busy 2015.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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