GE Freezes Pensions for 20K, Trimming Up to $6B in Debt

FILE- In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo the General Electric logo is displayed at the top of their Global Operations Center in the Banks development of downtown Cincinnati. General Electric Co. reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – General Electric is freezing the pension plans for about 20,000 workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees as it attempts to slash debt.

The Boston company said Monday that its actions would trim its pension deficit about $5 billion to $8 billion, and net debt by about $4 billion to $6 billion.

The industrial conglomerate has been selling off assets and streamlining its operations amid sagging profits and other negative developments in recent years and clearing debt has become a priority for CEO Larry Culp.

GE said it will continue to evaluate options to strengthen its balance sheet.

Shares of General Electric Co. rose slightly in premarket trading.

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