Union prods GE to add green manufacturing jobs in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY — The union representing hourly production workers at General Electric’s Schenectady factory is pushing GE to invest in green power generation on the sprawling campus at the foot of Erie Boulevard.

It says adding wind power turbine production to the gas-fired power equipment now made on site would be good for the company, community and union alike.

Public policy and popular opinion sometimes favor non-polluting power sources. The new jobs that would result from a new production line would help IUE-CWA Local 301 replenish its ranks, which stood at 30,000 a half-century ago and are down to 800 now, only 600 of them at the Schenectady plant itself.

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