GE Workers Rally to Call On GE to Make Ventilators in Schenectady

“Union workers at General Electric Co.’s steam turbine and generator plant in Schenectady held a noon rally Wednesday outside GE’s main gate to urge the company to allow them to make medical ventilator machines as part of the company’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

GE’s healthcare unit already is making ventilators using third parties and in cooperation with automakers, but the company’s main union, the CWA, is asking GE to open up other factory sites in the U.S. to making ventilators using excess labor capacity in Schenectady and elsewhere.”

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Mike Elk
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]