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WARREN, Ohio - At 3 p.m. shift change, the workers who voted for the rejected tentative agreement stood outside the plant, making it known they're not happy with some of their peers.

"Shame on you," was chanted.

Some crossed the street to join them with signs of support as others walked away, including those that these workers claim said 'no' to the deal that would have kept the plant idled for shutdown alive.

"I feel that the ones that voted 'no' to this, did betray us, because they did not give us a chance to be here and keep this place open and let it support our families the way that it did for them," says Cheryl Defoor of Warren.

The union won't officially comment on why the contract was rejected, but union members say it had to do with potential wage cuts and retirement options. Some want to make a permanent exit from the plant before they turn 60.

Union president Scott Moore says he's been meeting with company officials today to see if there's anything they could do to tweak the proposal, to see that it would be feasible for everyone.

He says he believes the company is willing to work with him and he hopes they do, so that these folks don't end up out of work.

"They want to keep the doors open. No one wants to see another empty factory in Warren, Ohio," says Sara Kohuth of Cortland.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown's office says he still has their backs.

"Senator Brown will always stand behind Mahoning Valley workers and is closely monitoring this situation. He is hopeful that GE and the union can reach an agreement that will keep the Warren plant open and save the jobs it supports," a statement said.

Many of the almost 40 at the rally today support a family. Like Diane Lauer, she and her husband are both employed by GE. She's upset with those who voted against the contract.

"What they don't realize is that by closing the plant, you've disrupted families and you've cost us our jobs," Lauer says.

Some say the company is ready to usher in a new era of more energy-efficient bulbs to the production line in Warren, but it's now uncertain if the lines will continue to run at all.

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