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General Dynamics lays-off more workers at both local plants

09.12.12

SEPTEMBER 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

General Dynamics lays-off more workers at both local plants

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 25th- Workers employed at the two General Dynamics operated plants in Lackawanna County are continuing to face lay-offs because of the budget cuts in defense spending.

The General Dynamics Land Systems plant in Eynon, which reconditions parts for the United States Army M1A1 battle tank, and the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems plant in South Scranton, which primarily manufactures casings for military projectiles, have laid-off workers this year and more is expected.

The workers at the Eynon plant are represented by the United Auto Workers of America (UAW) Union Local 1193. Local 1193 had approximately 200 members employed at the Eynon plant in 2010, however nearly100 workers have been laid-off or notified they will be with many told maybe permanently due to cut-backs in defense spending in Washington, DC. The M1A1 tank was used in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The International Association of Machinist (IAM) Union Local Lodge 847 in Scranton represents around 195 workers at the Scranton General Dynamics plant.

Approximately 17 employees of the Scranton plant were laid-off in the first half of 2012 because of a decrease demand for elbows manufactured for the natural gas-drilling industry. However, the employer announced that around 60 workers will be laid-off between October and December.

According to Joe Cron, a employee of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and a IAM Local Lodge 847 member, the 60 lay-offs will take place as work is finished-up on two contracts for production of 120mm shell for the Defense Department.

Mr. Cron stated the company is co-operating with the Union in helping the laid-off workers get help with learning how to receive unemployment benefits and what other programs are available to help them and their families.

Ken Klinkel, President of Local 1193 stated officials of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Workplace Development Partnership Rapid Response Team has held meetings with the laid-off employees of his Union. The group includes officials of agencies that assist laid-off or soon to be laid-off workers in gaining new employment, signing-up for unemployment benefits, and explaining to them other programs that are available to help them with the job loss.

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