Spirit AeroSystems Inc. issued layoff notices to 150 salaried
and management workers at its Wichita, Kan., headquarters and
indicated that more reductions are likely on a voluntary
employees are presumably part of a second round of layoffs
announced by the aerospace subcontractor, whose total level of
cutbacks hasnt been disclosed.
A Spirit spokesman
couldnt be reached for comment.
Spirit also said a
"significant number" of its salaried employees have "expressed
interest" in voluntary retirement and layoff packages being
offered by the company.
As Spirit pares its
salaried and management workers, the company said it is also
hiring "several hundred more factory workers," including
assembly, composite, metals and process mechanics, as well as
quality inspectors, to work on its aircraft programs, although
it wasnt specific about the number of new hires.
by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in
Aerospace (SPEEA) were informed of their layoffs Sept. 12, a
spokesman for the companys largest white-collar union
in our folks this morning," the spokesman said, noting that 118
SPEEA-represented employees were told of their impending
This latest round of
cuts brings to 339 the total number of people who have been let
go in SPEEAs bargaining unit at Spirit since layoffs
picked up steam in July, when the company announced it was
implementing an initial round of 360 furloughs (
amm.com, July 25).
This was followed by
Spirits disclosure that it would sell off its Oklahoma
amm.com, Aug. 6), which came amid reports that it
might be a takeover target. The company declined to comment on
intention to furlough additional employees, including
management personnel, came late last month, although the
company said the number of layoffs hadnt been determined
amm.com, Aug. 30).
The union spokesman
said this week that the layoffs show Spirit has no
understanding of the "integral" role that its engineers and
technicians play in the operation of an aerospace factory.
The voluntary layoff
and retirement packages are being offered on a "blanket" basis
to Spirit employees, the SPEEA spokesman said. He was unable to
estimate how many workers are likely to accept the offers, but
emphasized that the workers should approach these package with
caution and seek expert advice before signing any waivers.