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Thu. 11:08am: Outlook may be brighter for Ohio Lamp plant

March 28, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

WARREN - A tentative agreement that would keep General Electric's Ohio Lamp Plant open in Warren has been reached between the company and the union, according information released this morning by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

A message left with the company was not immediately returned.

Brown said a tentative agreement that could keep the plant in operation will be voted on Monday by the union membership.

The senator said he spoke Wednesday night with GE chief executive officer Mary Rose Sylvester to encourage her to seriously consider a proposal that the Warren workers offered as an alternative to the plant's closure, which had been announced in January.

Under the labor contract with IUE-CWA members, the company must give a one-year notice if it intends to close the plant and give the union leadership an opportunity to attempt to negotiate means to keep the plant in operation.

Brown said he also has been involved in meetings with the workers to discuss their strategy to keep the plant open.

No information on those talks was immediately released.

"I am proud to stand with the Warren workers who have fought tirelessly to keep the plant open," Brown said.

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