Workers at the GE-Savant lighting facility in Bucyrus, Ohio, are fighting for their jobs after the company issued a WARN notice informing workers they intend to move the LED residential light bulb line out of the facility to China, permanently laying off 80 workers. The GE-Savant facility is one of the only residential lighting plants left in the U.S.
"This plant has been in the community for over 60 years and we are proud to clock in here every day to make light bulbs," said Will Evans, GE-Savant worker and President of IUE-CWA Local 84704, which represents over 200 workers at the plant. "We are concerned not just about these 80 jobs – we are worried that if this product line leaves, the whole plant could close, leaving over 200 people out on the street."
IUE-CWA has proposed that GE-Savant retain good jobs by bringing in an outside expert from Michigan State University to seek ways to improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability through a joint labor management review of all of the current work processes.
"I have worked at this plant for 9 years. My job is essential to put food on the table for my family. If these jobs leave, it will hurt my family, my co-workers, and our entire community. We just want GE-Savant to do the right thing and keep these jobs here," said GE-Savant worker Patricia Horsley.
Sign the online petition to urge the company to keep the plant and the jobs in the community.