Continues Trend Of Monthly Notices From The Plane Maker
Some 130 Boeing employees got bad
news last Friday. They received notices that they will be laid off
in 60 days. The company has been issuing layoff notices every month
since January, when it announced it would be idling 10,000
employees company wide.
Last week's notices were for employees mostly in the commercial
airplane division, and about 50 of them were from the Puget Sound
The Seattle Times reports that overall, Boeing employment is
down by about 5,000 since the first of the year. But Boeing
officials say that number is low due to acquisitions made on the
defense side of the business this year. The military arm of Boeing
added 1,700 employees this summer as deeper cuts were being made to
the commercial aircraft division.
3,700 of the 4,500 positions eliminated this year are from the
commercial airplane division. The Times reports that Boeing's
purchase of Vaught Aircraft in South Carolina is not factored into
the statistics, as those employees will not come under the Boeing
umbrella until after the fiscal year ends in December.
Company Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney plans to update the
progress of the downsizing when third-quarter earnings are released