Workers and retirees from the U.S. and Canada attended General Electric’s annual shareholders’ meeting outside of Pittsburgh this morning, to demand that GE commit to supporting local economies, respecting workers’ rights, and practicing environmental stewardship in the communities where they operate.
Janet Gray, who works for GE Transportation in Erie, spoke on the floor of the meeting. “I grew up in Wesleyville, PA, one of the small communities surrounding Erie,” she said. “I fight an internal struggle daily. I went from someone who once had so much loyalty and faith in this company to someone who despises their lack of loyalty to their employees, and their communities.” Gray is the president of UE Local 618, which represents salaried workers at the Erie plant.