Bell Helicopter has reduced it's production workforce by 30
employees, citing the ongoing recession which has reduced the
demand for commercial aircraft. 42 positions had originally been
targeted, but 12 of those employees have been reassigned within the
The Associated Press reports that Bell spokesman Thomas Dolney
said the 30 who were let go could eventually find other positions
in the company.
Gary Livingston, a member of the UAW 218 Bargaining Unit, which
represents union production workers at Bell, said even the 12 who
were reassigned represents a de-facto loss of jobs because
"somebody else would have been hired" to fill them.
Dolony told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the layoffs were
in no way connected with the labor negotiations with UAW 218 that
concluded last month. He said the employees who were let go would
continue to receive benefits to the end of September.