Despite receiving over $315 million in new taxpayer funds through the National Defense Authorization Act, General Electric has announced that it will be cutting jobs at its facility in Lynn, Mass. The jobs will be sent to South Korea, Canada, India, France, and China, as well as non-union facilities in the U.S.
“GE has ample space and resources in the U.S.-based facility in Lynn, Mass., to do this work efficiently, on-time, and on-budget, including a committed and highly skilled local workforce. It needs to focus on doing the work the right way in the place that makes the most sense – and that’s right here in the United States where taxpayers are already footing the bill,” said Adam Kaszynski, President of IUE-CWA Local 81201.
On Wednesday, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) met with IUE-CWA members in Lynn to assess the situation. Moulton, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and now sits on the Armed Services Committee, has helped GE secure contracts to fund military manufacturing, including the Improved Turbine Engine Program and a contract for the creation of an additional 2,000 military helicopters.
GE recently announced plans to split into three companies, a move which is expected to cost $2 billion. IUE-CWA members have been raising the alarm about GE’s failure to invest in its U.S. workforce.
Workers in Lynn plan to protest the job cuts and continue outreach to gain support from elected officials.
Rep. Seth Moulton (right) met with IUE-CWA members to hear their concerns about GE’s plan to outsource and offshore jobs.