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GE decides to decline unions proposal, closing Ft. Edward plant
FT. EDWARD -- "It is clear at this point that GE has no intentions of keeping the plant here open," Scott Gates, president of Local 332 tells us.
The union has failed to reach an agreement with the company to keep the plant's almost 200 employees from losing their jobs, and GE denied a request to extend the 60 day bargaining period an extra 30 days. They also denied the unions proposal to cut 10 percent of jobs.
But instead come next year the doors will close, leaving the town of Fort Edward to pick up the pieces.
"From food to every store that's here I mean it's going to have a huge impact," says Benjamin Shaw.
"It's been pretty bad a lot of people even from Glens Falls, Queensbury, they always talk about it. It will be a big dramatic thing I think," Martio DellaRatta, a resident and worker at "I Love NY Pizza," in Fort Edward adds.
We sat down with Scott Gates, union president, who says their fight is far from over. He says right now it's not about the jobs, but the devastating impact this plant has caused on the environment.
According to gates the property is filled with PCB's, and they will fight to make sure GE cleans up the mess, so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.