Employees at General Electric in Peterborough have been informed the plant will cease manufacturing Nov. 30 rather than Sept. 30, says a union representative – though a company spokeswoman says there’s been no change in plans.
“They (company officials) have communicated to us that they’ll be going until Nov. 30,” said Bill Corp, a Unifor union rep at GE, on Wednesday.
He said 92 people have been laid off and will be leaving by June 15. It leaves roughly 145 employees at the plant, he said, and of those “a portion” will remain employed by GE until the work tapers off.
The change in date has been suggested before: In January, Mayor Daryl Bennett revealed the plant would stay open roughly until the end of 2018 to complete its work.
GE issued a statement about its plans Thursday morning: “It is still the business’ plan to cease manufacturing and service activity by the end of Q3 2018. Through this period, we are constantly reviewing our operations to ensure we can deliver on our commitments to our customers and business. In order to complete existing backlog, there is a potential for some work to extend into November 2018, but this will not affect most employees. If the business sees a need to extend the date, those potentially affected will be advised accordingly.”