Boeing hands out layoff notices, most of them in defense

Link to Seattle Post Intelligencer:

Chicago-based The Boeing Co. on Friday plans to issue about 600 layoff notices to warn employees about job cuts effective Sept. 18.

The 600 notices include about 100 in Puget Sound area. Just 80 of the notices are in Boeing’s commercial airplanes division and most of those are in Puget Sound.

The numbers indicate that Boeing’s defense unit will be harder hit.

The layoffs are part of Boeing’s plan to eliminate 10,000 positions this year. Earlier this week, Boeing indicated that it would lay off 1,000 people in its defense unit. It’s still not clear whether those 1,000 are in addition to, or part of, the 10,000 previously announced cuts.

Boeing is in a legal “quiet period” in advance of its earnings announcement next Wednesday.



Posted by Andrea James at July 17, 2009 5:00 a.m.