Future ge layoff
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Merlin 67

United States

#1 Feb 3, 2010
It's only been 3 months since the last layed off workers left thru the gates at ge. Many retirees also left. Somewheres up to 1700 workers have exited ge since may 2009. Now we ponder the next wave to be furlowed/layed-off. The current master schedule at ge seems to have a rather large hole in it. Actually from July to December there is only a very few bits of work regarding locomotive work. This can't be good for the future of workers still employed. Rumors and educated guesses say a lay-off will take place. The numbers are also a guess. But anyone doing locomotive work , arent going to be needed after June or July. Also - we don't hear much about those so-called back log of orders!
OHV

Canton, OH

#2 Feb 3, 2010
Merlin 67 wrote:
It's only been 3 months since the last layed off workers left thru the gates at ge. Many retirees also left. Somewheres up to 1700 workers have exited ge since may 2009. Now we ponder the next wave to be furlowed/layed-off. The current master schedule at ge seems to have a rather large hole in it. Actually from July to December there is only a very few bits of work regarding locomotive work. This can't be good for the future of workers still employed. Rumors and educated guesses say a lay-off will take place. The numbers are also a guess. But anyone doing locomotive work , arent going to be needed after June or July. Also - we don't hear much about those so-called back log of orders!
The odd thing is that I no longer work on the loco side but on the Off Highway Vehicle side and we have work up the yin-yang. Such is GE.
Merlin67

United States

#3 Feb 3, 2010
Yeah me too. But as the saying goes... Crap rolls down hill.
OHV

Canton, OH

#4 Feb 3, 2010
Merlin67 wrote:
Yeah me too. But as the saying goes... Crap rolls down hill.
Been there, done that.(At the bottom of the bottom of the hill ;)
Got 20 Apr 16th, you?
Merlin67

United States

#5 Feb 3, 2010
Nowhere near that. I'll get ya up to speed in your new area when you bump me... Lol
OHV

Canton, OH

#6 Feb 3, 2010
Merlin67 wrote:
Nowhere near that. I'll get ya up to speed in your new area when you bump me... Lol
Naw. I'm good where I'm at. I'll be hopin' for ya' bro':)
loco-motion

Vermilion, OH

#7 Feb 4, 2010
Yeah any sensible employee both hourly/salary has to know it's coming {layoff} unfortunately those above us like to keep us guessing. Lorenzo wants a certain amount of employees on the hourly side thats somewhere between 1700 and 2200 as another rumor goes. He's GE's cost cutter/closer thats his history and our future whats left of it so don't get comfortable anywhere,because 20 years isn"t much better than 5,7,or9 when you look at the senority list.
Merlin67

United States

#8 Feb 4, 2010
To all of us who work for a living it's a shame and somewhat disgraceful to see what was once the greatest nation on earth to be in the situation we find ourselves not just our own ge jobs but all working class people here In the so-called united states of America The " greatest generation" the world war II vets their wives, husbands and all those who worked as one people for a common goal. We have lost our way and lost our flippin minds!( a little introspective )
loco-motion

Vermilion, OH

#9 Feb 4, 2010
If for once the people we have elected could step into our shoes and feel our pain maybe we could get back to the greatness our for fathers fought so hard for I so agree with merlin67
Dave

Erie, PA

#10 Feb 4, 2010
loco-motion wrote:
If for once the people we have elected could step into our shoes and feel our pain maybe we could get back to the greatness our for fathers fought so hard for I so agree with merlin67
Can we be honest with ourselves here? Let's answer a few honest questions:
1. How many square feet was your parents house?
2. How many cars did they own?
3. How many times a YEAR did your parents eat out?
4. How many TVs were in your parents house?
5. What was the most exotic vacation your parents took prior to you leaving home?
6. What percentage of disposable icome did your parents spend on food?(15%)How much do we?(8%)
7. What was your parents savings rate?(10% of income). What is our savings rate?(5%)

I could ask 100 questions like this. Why ask about cell phones, game boys, xboxs, and all the other toys we have. We all know the answers.

We have it way better than our parents. We just can't afford it. We are the entitled generationand we refuse to live within our means.
Merlin67

United States

#11 Feb 4, 2010
All those points are valid.. My point is the division in our society as a whole and that we have become a nation of "me" not " we" each persons budgets are there's to live within. But the " oportunity " that once was common-place us now only available for the best of the " me generation" no room for all people of dfferent skill levels or if different backgrounds re-educate and re-training is our futures
wondering

Cleveland, OH

#12 Feb 7, 2010
does anyone know if larry kemmler still works there? i think he was the safety guy or something. i met him when the roadhouse was still at the mall. wonder what ever happened to him.
RobbMcC

Waterford, PA

#13 Feb 7, 2010
Larry Kemmler is still there,just got married still does crane and jitney training-just was out with him Friday night
RobbMcC

Waterford, PA

#14 Feb 7, 2010
Im going to go against the popular belief on the belief of another layoff;its been said that there are like 186 "confirmed" orders this year; well i know based on the amount of platforms coming out of bdg 5 each day,we'd be finished for the year by May/June.......
OHV is busy,so is 63Kitting,and UX rebuilds in 6 and 63-so its not like the plant could be completely shut down half the yr.
If I were a betting man,I would wager that the company is "tentatively" sitting on a few confirmations of orders that havent been finalized yet,until the Amtrack deal is guaranteed;once that goes through, it only makes sense to bump some of those back-ordered orders up into this year, rather than overswamp themselves with work in a contract year;and lets not forget how many people are hitting 60 here this year and going out then,instead of taking early run-dont know about you folks,but I know of more than a handful.....
You dont pump out the work,work all kinds of overtime this early on in year,if you dont know "something" is in the works to come your way....
Also,even though it'll likely be kits(which is about 25-30% work for us), dont be suprised if you see Soviet Union,South America, and India all have orders before summers end.......
RobbMcC

Waterford, PA

#15 Feb 9, 2010
Please,can we quit being Lemmings and screaming that the sky is falling?If GE does Lean the way they defined it,OT wouldnt exist,and all would be working.....instead of defending against the infamous outsourses and forced ot's, lets attack the company to follow through on their own belief system!
Ge 6 worker

United States

#16 Feb 9, 2010
It's all a game to ge. They don't talk about anything after June. They try to ignore the whole thing. They talked about an 1800 loco back order and then 1400, 1200, and now let's not talk about it at all. Has anyone heard them mention 2011. No! They only talk about a robust 2012. As for Amtrak..... The house passes a bill with funding for Amtrak up grades , but it never got thru the senate. The senate now wants a different version with " targeted" tax breaks and limited spending. Republicans don't like Amtrak. It's a waiste of money to them. Amtrak did get the 2010 budget money. This money is to run Amtrak and maintanance. It requires extra funding for major equipment purchase. Another note! Ge doesn't make any locos for high speed rail. That is actually transit type loco. Ge has not even made an evo Amtrak loco. First,, Amtrak needs money second they have to put the contract up for bid. Third ge would have to win the bid. Fourth they would have to begin the engineering of the new evo loco. Fifth. They have to get all the parts ordered. Steel, castings, copper material etc. So in all at least 6-9 months after bid awarded.
Dan Wykoff Bldg 18-C

Erie, PA

#17 Feb 9, 2010
I have no doubt I will return from lay-off, but when. The economy is picking up steam, However, rail companies always trail behind.
Ge 6 worker

United States

#18 Feb 9, 2010
I check the rail traffic reports each week to see when the tide turns. From these reports it hasn't yet still down or flat. I hope that it gets better soon for everyone concerned.
uesteward

Erie, PA

#19 Feb 14, 2010
If people continue to work OT at a gross amount there will be more layoffs because they will believe they can get the work out with less people.
Robb Mcc

Waterford, PA

#20 Feb 14, 2010
tell that to the retarded amount of people working overtime without a care in the world.......

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