Workers at the GE-Savant lighting facility in Bucyrus are fighting for their jobs after the company issued a WARN notice.
That informed 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 USA, where workers currently make bulbs for Walmart.
The plant has been in Bucyrus for over 60 years.
Union representatives are scheduled to meet with management from GE-Savant today to discuss the union’s proposal to 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.
The university’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations has conducted dozens of successful studies with major U.S. corporations including GM, Kraft Foods, Nestle, Bridgestone Tires and Coca-Cola.