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    What’s on the line as Wabtec strike in Erie nears the two-month mark?

    August 18, 2023 // The company's Erie workforce of more than 2,000, including nearly 1,400 union workers, helps sustain five local jobs for every job at the former GE Transportation plant, Bernstein said. "A plant shutdown would lead to an immediate domino effect on local businesses that rely on the patronage of the 1,400 union workers and their families," Grunke wrote. "From small shops and restaurants to service providers and suppliers, the livelihoods of countless other families hang in the balance." Scott Slawson, president of UE Local 506, which represents most of the striking workers, doesn't minimize the importance of the plant to the local economy. He's spoken of it often, both before and during the current strike.