GE workers protest S. Indiana factory job cuts

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Associated Press

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 6:02 AM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of GE Appliances workers protested outside a southern Indiana refrigerator factory where the company plans to cut 160 jobs after not making a multimillion investment announced three years ago.

Some employees from the Bloomington factory carried signs Thursday with messages such as "GE Lied" and "Say No to Corporate Greed."

Rally organizer Bill Fairbairn tells The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/1auD6oo ) they believe workers who could retire early are being treated unfairly.

The company says it is cutting nearly one-third of the factory's jobs because demand has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2010. GE spokeswoman Kim Freeman says union and company officials are trying to determine who's eligible for different retirement packages.

The company dropped its plans for a $161 million investment at the factory because slower sales.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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