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Push to save 198 GE jobs underway in Ft. Edward

ALBANY -- With nearly 200 jobs on the line there is a push to save the General Electric plant in Ft. Edward.

Friday members of the plant's union met with community leaders to fill them in on the plan to keep the company in New York. Over the next 60 days the union will be meeting with GE officials with the goal of doing "whatever it takes in fair way" to keep the plant in Washington County, said United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332 Business Agent Angel Sardina.

"The outcome we would like to see is General Electric stay right in Fort Edward," Sardina said.

The meeting was held in the Warren County City of Glens Falls, about 10 miles from the GE plant.

President of the Economic Development Council for Warren County, Ed Bartholomew, said Friday if GE were to leave an entire region would feel the ripple affect.

"First of all they may work in Fort Edward but they live throughout Warren and Washington Counties," Bartholomew said. "It is a devastating impact on our region."

In an email to CBS6 GE officials made it clear the company has plans to move the plant to Clearwater Florida within one year. The letter said the plant continues to be non competitive in their "core product offerings" and that has led to a decline in volume over the last few years. General Electric competitors are making the same products with less overhead and cheaper labor, the letter said.

Union officials say the mandatory one year notice, to move the operations, was given Wednesday.
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