GE in Slater met with employees last week to ask for voluntary reductions in hours, according to a GE spokesman.
Bryan McGuire, communications leader for GE Energy Environmental Services in Raytown confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 10, that the step was taken to compensate for a seasonal downturn in business.
"We have seen that products produced in Slater are seasonal," he said. "Typically, we see a downturn at this time of year. This year's expected downturn has been slightly steeper than usual."
McGuire stressed that any cutbacks are voluntary and that employees were asked "considering their own personal circumstances, to consider voluntary reductions in their hours."
"Feedback we have received after those meetings indicated that the employee population felt good about this approach," he said. "They appreciated the opportunity to work on the problem together."
"As all businesses do, we are always looking at whether we are meeting our markets and customers' needs," McGuire added. "Sometimes, what we find requires changes -- in that case, we would first talk to our employees and then to the media."