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GE plant to close next Janaury

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WARREN, Ohio - The final decision has been made to close the General Electric Ohio Lamp plant.

After two months of decision bargaining between GE and IUE-CWA Local 722 officials, the closing affects 198 employees and will take place next January. 

According to General Electric, the decision to close the plant comes after bargaining with no ratification.

They had no choice other than to shut down operations. 

The union members narrowly voted down a tentative agreement. That agreement between the union and General Electric would have kept the plant open, by bringing in the production of more energy efficent bulbs.

The bulbs the plant currently makes are being phased out.

Union officials wouldn't say why they voted down the agreement but union members told 21 News at the time it had to do with potential wage cuts and retirement options.

This disappoints workers and also Warren city officials, who were hoping to keep the jobs and the plant in Warren.

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