IAM: GE Ignored Offers To Save Albuquerque Plant

 - October 7, 2009, 12:25 PM

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has accused General Electric Aviation of failing to seriously consider viable proposals that would have preserved the GE Aviation facility in Albuquerque, N.M. “Despite a legal obligation to weigh alternatives, it is clear the decision by GE to close this plant was made long ago,” said Ernest “Red” Dow, Local 794 president and directing business representative. “GE never expressed the slightest interest in proposals or possible partnerships that could have kept this facility open and operating in Albuquerque.” GE made it official this week that it would close the plant during next year’s third quarter, resulting in the termination of more than 400 employees. Dow said the plant has been “successful and profitable for GE for the past 40 years and the move was simply to go to a non-union location.” He added, “Under our collective bargaining agreement the displaced employees can put in for vacancies throughout GE’s system but the company won’t even tell us if there are any vacancies for those who might be willing to relocate.” A GE spokesman declined to comment.