Boeing sets cuts; design shift said eyed

Apr 19, 2013 | 05:31 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Boeing Co., SPEEA, job cuts, Mike Delaney, Ural Boeing Manufacturing, outsourcing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, VSMPO-Avismo Corp. Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co. will reduce engineering employment this year, it said, as its largest white-collar union claims the company is also actively looking to shift aircraft design work to Russia.

Chicago-based Boeing will cut 1,500 to 1,700 engineering jobs this year, Mike Delaney, vice president of engineering at Seattle-based subsidiary Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), said in a statement.

While he noted that nearly 700 contract employees—who are normally non-union—have left Boeing’s payroll since last October and further cuts will take place through attrition, he also said BCA must "unavoidably" make additional cutbacks among its direct employees. Through the rest of the year, BCA will send 60-day layoff notices to as many as 700 additional employees.....

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