Mon, Jun 22, 2009
Most Workers Started 4 Weeks at Home Monday
The economic downturn
has hit the aviation industry particularly hard, and workers at
Cessna Aircraft in Wichita began really feeling the pinch Monday.
The company told most of its remaining workers to take a 4 week
unpaid furlough, largely shuttering the facility for a month.
Cessna also sent out 60-day layoff notices on Friday, according
to the Wichita Eagle. The company announced last week that it
needed to reduce its workforce by 1,300 people. 800 got notices on
Friday, with the remainder expected next month.
Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver said some areas of the company will
not be affected, like the service center, technical support, parts
and sales. He said an additional three week furlough can be
expected later in the year, but will not affect production workers.
Those furloughs will be "rolling", meaning it is up to workers to
arrange with management how they will take the unpaid leave, but it
must be used by the end of the year.
Cessna has cut about 53 percent of its workforce since November,
over 8,200 jobs in all. Among Wichita's three aviation
manufacturers, which also includes Hawker Beechcraft and
Bombardier, almost 12 thousand people have lost their jobs.
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