General Electric Co. is laying off 200 hourly workers at its Schenectady plant as the company still appears to be wrangling with costs in its troubled GE Power unit.

The workers, represented by IUE-CWA Local 301, were just getting word Monday evening and Tuesday morning that they will be losing their jobs. Another 25 unfilled jobs will be eliminated through attrition.

“Based on the ongoing challenges facing the power industry and a 45 percent decline in volume at our Schenectady facilities, GE announced a job reduction impacting a number of manufacturing and assembly employees today,” GE Power spokesman Christopher Shigas told the Times Union in a company statement. “This action is difficult and does not reflect the performance, dedication, and hard work of our employees.”

Over the past several years, GE’s employment in Schenectady has hovered around 4,000 jobs, many of them white collar roles such as engineering, marketing and procurement with GE Power and other GE units such as renewable energy. Another 1,500 scientists and technicians work at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna, GE’s main research lab.

However, the blue-collar workforce, which toils in GE’s massive steam turbine plant, has historically been the bedrock of GE’s long history at what is also called the Schenectady Works. Employment at GE in general is being reduced by new CEO John Flannery, who has targeted GE Power especially although he has chosen to keep GE Power within GE instead of looking to spin it off like other units like GE Healthcare. Read more from timesunion.com…

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