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Schumer Urges Cummins To Maintain Local Workforce

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer on Tuesday said he recently called Tom Linebarger, Cummins chairman and CEO, regarding a report that the company planned to cut about 2,000 jobs worldwide.

Schumer said the call was to ensure that the workforce at the Cummins engine plant on Baker Street outside Jamestown is maintained. The local facility produces about 400 engines a day for semi-trucks, RV’s, trains and tractors.

“I spoke directly with Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger, and I feel very confident that Cummins remains deeply committed to its workforce in Jamestown and will strive to minimize the impact of its global cost-cutting on Western New York,” Schumer said in a news release. “I conveyed to Mr. Linebarger that their Jamestown Engine Plant is productive and profitable, and that Cummins must do their best to shield JEP’s world-class workers from layoffs. And he agreed that the workers there are superb, and a critical part of the Jamestown economy.”

Cummins employs about 60,000 workers worldwide. Those expected to be laid off include only exempt, or salaried, workers.

“Preserving these vital Chautauqua County jobs for Cummins’s world-class workforce is a top priority of mine, and I will continue to keep a close eye on this situation and stay in touch with the company and with local leaders so that we are doing all we can to help Cummins thrive in Jamestown for a long time to come,” Schumer said.

The Columbus-based Cummins has not stated where the layoffs will occur.

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