SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) General Electric is making layoffs at the company’s plant in Salem, according to a GE spokesperson.
The layoffs are being made partly due to GE’s 2015 purchase of Alstom, a rail transport company based in France. Additionally, the company spokesperson says there are “current challenges in the power market.”
“These are difficult decisions, but necessary to ensure the long-term competitiveness of our business. We’re committed to working with our employees during this transition,” GE spokeswoman Katie Jackson said.
According to Jackson, the cuts will not affect production workers.
"We're still working through the process but ... it's a very small percentage," Jackson said. "The date when this will take effect is not available at this time."
Local 82161 union president Joe Nooijan has no comment on the layoffs.
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