Tom Ridge: Weakened GE will weaken Erie

Jun 17, 2013 Full story: Erie Times News 15

For more than a century, Erie has proudly served as the hub of manufacturing for GE Transportation's locomotives.

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the corporations

Erie, PA

#2 Jun 18, 2013
Weakening the local populace is what we do best. We create a race to the bottom at the sole benefit of ourselves. Frightened polititions give us whatever we require. We are limited only by our imaginations in the welfare programs that we demand. Money is our country, and to money we shall remain loyal.
Flint Westwood

United States

#3 Jun 18, 2013
Well I see Rip Van Ridge woke up......you can go back to sleep at any time Tom, clueless as usual!
citizen

Erie, PA

#4 Jun 18, 2013
Tom, noticed you mentioned blue collar wages...well lets be fair balanced and tell us how ge's executives salaries/bonus/perks compare with
caterpillar executives. Maybe gr needs to cut there alsofor a win-win siuation.
Stu Pedaso

Erie, PA

#5 Jun 18, 2013
Ridge is more responsible than anyone for GE leaving. To stay would have meant throwing the company on the $45 BILLION DOLLAR Pension Time Bomb he tossed as Governor.
voter

Sarahsville, OH

#6 Jun 18, 2013
Hey tommy, what color code what you give the threat level for the departure of ge? Do we need to get out the duct tape and plastic sheeting?
Chamber

Erie, PA

#7 Jun 18, 2013
We're on this! Throwing some more drinking parties will solve this.
justsayn

North East, PA

#8 Jun 19, 2013
He gives a very logical agrument to the simple minded among us but avoids the bigger picture. He is saying you should not now or ever expect to have a middle class just except you lot in life even though the top 1% has seen a 300% increase in income in the last 40 years while middle income continues to fall, also by his reasoning if other companies should lower wages still further for competiveness so should we in Erie and just accept say $10 an hour some day???? Nowhere does he mention how or why this country lost its industrial base , was it trade agreements we were warned about in the 90's that caused "the big sucking sound"? or government regulation in enviornmental,safety,taxes,pat ent laws? Could it all be a planned result by his Washington minions? Nice try Tom but no cigar it is clear that your company "Ridge Global" who's pocket you are in.
shellback

Freedom, PA

#9 Jun 19, 2013
he is also a combat veteran
what did you do in Vietnam?
shellback

Freedom, PA

#10 Jun 19, 2013
F U N you kid
shellback

Freedom, PA

#11 Jun 19, 2013
Tom Ridge for president.
duty calls again
justsayn

North East, PA

#12 Jun 19, 2013
shellback wrote:
he is also a combat veteran
what did you do in Vietnam?
FYI I was forced to serve in the army for a bogus war that the CIA wanted after they snuffed out our president you retard, dont tell me what is happening now is anything less than treason ,thats nothing to brag about any way you spin it
shellback

Freedom, PA

#13 Jun 19, 2013
we used to call that getting drafted.
that's why you have the right to tell us we suck.
corporate boy
Stu Pedaso

Erie, PA

#14 Jun 20, 2013
The productivity of GE workers is entirely due to the efforts of GE management to make those jobs safer, cleaner, and less wasteful through better engineering.

That GE didn't replace Bldg 10 when it had the property and the time and money to do so should have wakened the union.

That GE could open another plant in Texas with the first few hundred folks walking down the main drag in Fort Worth ought to be the food for thought this morning at the union hall.
Act 64

Meadville, PA

#15 Jun 20, 2013
Stu Pedaso wrote:
The productivity of GE workers is entirely due to the efforts of GE management to make those jobs safer, cleaner, and less wasteful through better engineering.
And now that they set up shop in a state that doesn't give a shit about worker safety and clean working conditions, with workers they can push around and pay whatever they feel like, they can save even MORE money to divvy up with the shareholders.

Meanwhile, GE paid exactly $0 in federal corporate taxes in 2011, while making over $5 billion in U.S. profits. Capitalism über alles.
Barack Hussein Obama

Erie, PA

#16 Jun 20, 2013
Act 64 wrote:
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And now that they set up shop in a state that doesn't give a shit about worker safety and clean working conditions, with workers they can push around and pay whatever they feel like, they can save even MORE money to divvy up with the shareholders.
Meanwhile, GE paid exactly $0 in federal corporate taxes in 2011, while making over $5 billion in U.S. profits. Capitalism über alles.
GE be very very good to me. Keep following me bro, I love useless idiots like you. You'll make a fine machine gunner in one of my gulags.

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