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GE Restructures Lighting Business

GE Consumer & Industrial has proposed plans to restructure its lighting business to increase its competitiveness and better its position for global growth. The restructuring would impact plants in Mexico, Brazil, and the United States by closing all lighting operations in Rio de Janeiro, closing some lighting operations in the U.S., transferring some jobs to other U.S. facilities, and transferring some operations in Mexico and the U.S. to other GE locations or suppliers. GE will now outsource some of the components needed to manufacture its lighting products rather than make them in its own facilities. More

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Union Strikes Over Outsourcing

The question and consequence of outsourcing in the lighting industry-not just abroad, but domestically-recently took on a new character with the strike of IBEW Local 3's Fixture Division on November 8, 2004. According to the New York City Central Labor Council's website, this is the Fixture Division's first strike since its founding in 1936. Manufacturing plants still being struck are Linear Lighting and Edison Price in Long Island City, New York; and Rambusch in Jersey City, New Jersey. Members struck after 17 weeks of negotiations, reported the website. Manufacturers that signed an interim agreement, and are consequently not being struck, include: Apogee Translite, Atlite, Legion Lighting, Lightolier, Mark Lighting, and Zumtobel. More

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