Boeing to cut up to 1,700 jobs

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  1. Boeing to cut up to 1,700 jobs
    • BY DOMINIC GATES
    • From:AAP
    • April 19, 2013 4:58PM
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    Boeing will cut up to 1,700 jobs at its commercial jet unit as major development projects wrap up. Source: AAP
    THE head of engineering at Boeing Co's Commercial Airplanes unit informed managers Thursday the jetmaker will reduce its engineering workforce by up to 1,700 positions this year, with as many as 700 job cuts coming through layoffs.
    Layoff notices to the first of those employees will go out Friday.
    Vice president of engineering Mike Delaney sent an email to all his engineering managers outlining the cuts ahead and the reasons behind them.
    Delaney said that because development work is now complete on the 747-8, the 787-9 and the KC-46 Air Force tanker, Boeing's commercial jet unit "will require fewer employees by year-end."
    "Overall, we must reduce our engineering employment level by 1,500 to 1,700 positions during 2013," Delaney wrote.
    He said Boeing has "significantly scaled back external hiring" in the past year and since last autumn has steadily reduced use of contract employees.
    Since October, almost 700 contract employees have left the payroll, a trend that will continue.
    "Additionally, attrition associated with retirements and other departures has reduced employment. That, too, will continue," Delaney wrote.
    "Unfortunately and unavoidably, we must take additional actions.
    "Beginning tomorrow and through the rest of 2013, we will issue 60-day layoff notices to as many as 700 employees."
    He said the first layoff notices will go out Friday to 100 manufacturing engineers.
    Last week, a manager on the 787 program sent an email to the manufacturing engineers warning them of an imminent downsizing.
     
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    And when their next new project is started (797 or whatever the new number is) many will be brought back. Reminds me, in a way, of the oil and gas insdusty. Employment can have wild swings up and down.
     
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    They maybe will be brought back, but at a lower pay. That's the real price in this tactic.
     
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    That ship already sailed. They didnt open their large facility in Charleston because it has better weather than Seattle.
     
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    Do they design aircraft in Charleston?

    The sentence about development being complete leads me to believe it's not the folks who assemble aircraft that are affected.
     
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    Ok, a little rview of past announcement in past 2 months:
    1. Boeing invest an additional $1 Billion in SC plant
    2. Boeing announces IT division cutbacks
    3. Boeing announces 2300 machinists jobs reduced in 2013 resulting in 800 layoffs.
    4. Boeing layoffs on hundreds of Defense & Space engineers
    5. Boeing to layoff Manufacturing Engineers.
    6. Boeing to reduce 1,700 engineering jobs in Commercial division resulting in layoff of 700 engineers

    Washington economy is losing due tot he $800 Million executive outsourcing mistakes with the 787 repairs along with the MIllions in late delivery penalties almost all caused by outsourcing issues.

    Planes should be assembled in Chicago where the bean counters can learn about the product!
     
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    That is what Charleston is for...non union shop. Bean counters dont care about the product...only the profit.
     

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