Thursday, April 11, 2013

Boeing issues formal layoff warning to 939 machinists working in Everett, Washington

The Boeing Co. issued formal layoff warning notices Wednesday to 939 machinists working on its 787 and 747 assembly lines and modification centers at Everett.

That notice tells them they could be laid off by June 7.

The company two weeks ago told union representatives of the impending cutbacks. Those cutbacks are happening because the assembly process on the two new planes is stabilizing and because modification work necessary to bring some of the early production versions of those two new planes up to certification standards is declining.

“This is the same layoff that was publicized earlier,” said Boeing spokesman Doug Alder. “The number is up from 800 to 939 because the law requires us to notify anyone who might be considered for layoff,” he said.

The company expects the final number laid off will likely be about 800. Other workers losing their present jobs, he said, may transfer to other jobs within the company.

Boeing has said it expects its Puget Sound workforce will decline by 2,000 to 2,300 workers this year. The company employs 86,000 workers in the Puget Sound area.

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