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GE Security Cuts Jobs 

GE Security in Pittsfield is cutting its workforce, likely by more than one-third.About 430 people work at the plant.Just before the end of the first shift Wednesday, company officials called workers together to tell them the news: due to a drop in sales, they have to cut jobs.They asked first for a voluntary reduction, offering severance packages with benefits.Company spokesperson Michelle May tells TV-5 the number of jobs that will be cut depends on how many people take the voluntary package.But, she says it’s likely more than 100 people will permanently lose their jobs.Some workers at the plant were already on month-long furloughs.Workers at the meeting Wednesday say both salaried and hourly workers will be affected.They preferred not to appear on camera in the hopes they won’t be laid off.May says they won’t know until the end of the week exactly how many positions will be cut – leaving folks in Pittsfield with questions.”Say you’ve been at the same job for 21 years. How do you pick up and go from that?” asks Charlotte Astbury, of Pittsfield. “There’s not too many big businesses left in this town. Where will they go? That’s the question.”GE spokesperson May says the layoffs come after the company tried every other cost-saving measure.