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A close union vote may kill the last GE plant in Warren
The "no" from the rank and file likely means a shut down in nine months instead of 27

Tim Rudell
In The Region:
Local union leaders are trying to see if anything more can be done to keep the General Electric lamp plant in Warren from shutting down entirely by the end of the year. 
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When GE said last year that it would close the North Park Avenue plant by January of 2014, the company and union -- IUE Local 772 of the Communications Workers of America -- started talking about how to cut operating costs to perhaps keep the facility going. 

A tentative agreement was reached that called for 15 percent pay cuts and some staff reductions in return for keeping the doors open until at least mid-2015.  This week, the rank and file narrowly voted down the proposal.

Local President Scott Moore would not go on tape but told WKSU that the fate of the light-bulb factory may now be sealed. Still, he hopes to meet with General Electric officials one last time to see if there are any more steps that can be taken to stave off the closing.  

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