GE workers in Maine are left without pay after the company cut thousands of jobs.GE’s Maine operations, including the North Portland facility where the company’s biggest-ever plant was built, have also been closed since April 30.
GE employs about 12,000 people.
“The company’s actions have impacted GE employees in Maine and beyond,” Gov.
Paul LePage said in a statement.
“I have directed state and local agencies to investigate the circumstances and conduct an independent investigation into the impacts of this decision on our state.
I will continue to review the situation with GE as the investigation continues.”
LePage said he is “committed to working with GE to ensure that every employee is treated with respect and dignity.”GE has a $7 billion contract with the state to supply equipment and support services to the state’s water and wastewater treatment plants.
The company said it was looking for a new location to replace the plant’s former plant in Portland.
GE says the new plant in Maine would be the largest in the United States.
The company also has its main factory in Wisconsin in the process of being relocated.
The state of Wisconsin had initially agreed to keep the factory in Portland but decided to keep it at its current location.
The move is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.