Sat, Nov 22, 2008
Remaining Workers Will Get Time Off... Paid Or Unpaid
The hard times continue for workers in the aerospace industry.
The Mobile (AL) Press-Register reports Teledyne Continental Motors
laid off 60 workers Thursday and Friday, due to a sharp drop in the
market for aircraft engines and parts.
TCM President Rhett Ross told the paper late Friday that
approximately 25 salaried workers were handed their walking papers
Thursday, with another 35 hourly workers joining them before the
close of business Friday. The layoffs are considered permanent --
no furloughs here -- though Ross expressed hope some workers could
be called back if the market turns around.
The layoffs leave roughly 440 workers at TCM's plant at the
Brookley Field Industrial Complex plant in Mobile... and remaining
employees were encouraged to use their vacation days soon. Many
workers with no vacation time accrued were told to take unpaid
leave, according to the Press-Register report.
TCM plans to extend its normal holiday shutdown, shutting down
most of its operations through the end of the year. The company
will leave a small workforce in place to handle remaining
The layoffs and shutdown come less than one month after Teledyne
Continental cut 20 workers from second shift production.
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