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
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]