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 who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]