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Dozens of GE Appliances workers on Thursday protested outside a Bloomington refrigerator factory where the company plans to cut 160 jobs after not making a multimillion investment announced three years ago.

Some employees from the factory carried signs Thursday with messages such as "GE Lied" and "Say No to Corporate Greed."

Rally organizer Bill Fairbairn told The Herald-Times they believe workers who could retire early are being treated unfairly.

The company says it is cutting nearly one-third of the factory's jobs because demand has fallen more than 30 percent since 2010. GE spokeswoman Kim Freeman said union and company officials are trying to determine who's eligible for different retirement packages.

The company dropped its plans for a $161 million investment at the factory because slower sales.

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  • Hah.
    Would you like a side of hope with your change?
  • @ D C Indy
    "Nobody is guaranteed anything." True, except perhaps for CEOs and the architects of the last financial crisis who still banked their bonuses (using taxpayer dollars)
  • The only bright spot
    You're right Terry. The only bright spot is that, as labor costs rise in China (as they have been) some companies have been re-patriating their manufacturing here.
  • Welcome to GE
    Welcome to General Electric! The sign is located over the entry at every Chinese factory where GE has moved American Jobs over the last fifteen years. This latest move by General Electric only verifies the move to take all GE Production offshore, primarily to China. To date, General Electric has invested billions in China where cheap labor and the need for worker's benefits is nonexistent. General Electric "We Bring Good Things To Life - Offshore".
    • Poor little GE
      DC Indy - Obamacare will likely be less expensive for large businesses than the health insurance they pay for now. It certainly should be, were it not for having been watered down by people who detest the idea of having a national health system. In countries with true national health systems, companies and workers do not individually have to worry about the cost of their medical care, because it is shared by all and paid out of tax revenue. Did you ever wonder why, back before 1980, when tax rates were much higher than now and banking was much more highly regulated than it is now, American workers had a HIGHER standard of living? By the way, before you feel sorry for poor little GE, please note that they pay little if any income tax and they pay their CEO about $14million.
    • Times Change
      Times change. Nobody is guaranteed anything. Too bad though, because Consumer reports gives GE a pretty good rating. No doubt GE, like so many other companies, including non-profits, has figured out it can't afford Obamacare, so it has chosen not to hire more workers. Not greed. Economic reality. Free enterprise economies are not built upon losing money for stakeholders.
      • IEDC
        So is the IEDC and Governor going to do a dog and pony show in response to the layoffs, like they did in 2010 when the job "creation" was announced?

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