The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

GE Says:
Half Pay or Be Fired

Nov 25, 2013

General Electric has told the 200 union workers at its capacitor plant in Fort Edward, New York that if they want to keep their jobs, they have to lower their pay by half. Otherwise, GE says it will move to Tampa, Florida.

GE currently pays $29 an hour in Fort Edward. With that a worker can support a family at a decent standard of living. But in Tampa’s GE plant, regular workers are only paid $12 to $14 an hour, and there are temporary workers paid $8 an hour.

General Electric is hardly a poor company. It is one of the top manufacturers in the United States and has 305,000 workers world- wide. It had 145 billion dollars in sales last year and 15 billion dollars in profits.

The loss of these jobs would be a big blow to the town of Fort Edward, a town of only 6,000 people. But GE doesn’t think twice about blackmailing these workers – simply because it can.

Every attack on one group of workers ends up in an attack on us all. It is time we draw the line and say “No More!”