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NASA contractor cutting shuttle force by 15 percent
WDBO ^ | Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | Joe Ruble

Posted on 07/06/2010 7:43:13 PM PDT by Willie Green

Houston-based United Space Alliance tolds its workforce of 8,100 that 15 percent of them would be laid off by October 1. Most of the cuts would be on the Space Coast where the company is contracted to work on the space shuttle program.

"The accomplishments of this team are unmatched in human spaceflight," said USA Company President Virginia Barnes in a press release,

She noted that the workforce has long known that its jobs were coming to an end, "but layoffs are always difficult for everyone involved."

The company is first asking workers to agree to voluntary severance. The other cuts will be made after that initial number is determined in August, according to Patty Stratton, an Associate Program Manager with Ground Operations in Florida.

USA is expected to cut 800-1,000 Florida employees, about 300-400 in Texas and about ten in Alabama.

Laid off workers will get a compensation package and help in landing a new job.

The shuttle contract was the largest for USA, which doesn't see any similiar work coming from the space agency in the near future. It will turn it's focus to military contracts, according to Stratton.

USA is equally owned by Boeing and Lookheed Martin.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: Florida; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: rockets
Maybe they could get a job at Amtrak and do something useful with their lives.
1 posted on 07/06/2010 7:43:15 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 07/06/2010 7:45:20 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Willie Green

Great, more fodder for Nancy Pelosi’s job creation machine.


3 posted on 07/06/2010 7:48:25 PM PDT by hometoroost (McCain is a Ron and Nancy Republican: Campaigns like Reagan, governs like Pelosi)
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To: Willie Green

Are they cutting the fat? This is a good thing if they are making a smaller effective force. Conservatives are normally for smaller government and this is one area that is starting. Now if only they can cut the fat of the IRS that would be great. Perhaps that is the next department to cut...not holding my breath.


4 posted on 07/06/2010 7:48:33 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Willie Green
Perhaps they should all learn arabic so they could do moose-lem outreach in the new 0bama-NASA. Sad to see the agency that put men on the moon, reduced to another 0bama community outreach program.

It was a great country while it lasted.

5 posted on 07/06/2010 7:48:57 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Willie Green

NASA will probably keep em around to clean the Islamic prayer rugs in Mission Control.


6 posted on 07/06/2010 7:49:25 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Frantzie

We are broke. Shut this PC party down. They sent everything into space but a cripple and a witch doctor. BS!!


7 posted on 07/06/2010 7:51:24 PM PDT by mpeters
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To: Willie Green

More evidence that Obama doesn’t have a clue how the economy works. He lays off people from jobs that have been around for 30 years, and uses the money to create temporary jobs that don’t produce anything and were invented only because he’s got unemployed people to put to work. He doesn’t seem to understand that when the government lays off people, there is a period of time after the layoffs when those people are unemployed. Destroying jobs and creating new ones to replace them is not a zero sum exercise.


8 posted on 07/06/2010 7:53:32 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: mpeters

John Glenn part 2 was pretty close. I forget what Clinton corruption Glenn covered up but that was part of the deal.

NASA is a joke now but people voted for it.


9 posted on 07/06/2010 7:53:39 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: mpeters

John Glenn part 2 was pretty close. I forget what Clinton corruption Glenn covered up but that was part of the deal.

NASA is a joke now but people voted for it.


10 posted on 07/06/2010 7:53:49 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Willie Green

Working for Amtrak is damn sure not useful.


11 posted on 07/06/2010 7:54:28 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: YankeeReb
That was my thought. These are (no doubt) white engineering types who have outlived their usefulness. These people have no role in the NEW NASA with their focus on Muslim outreach and dhimmitude. Or, perhaps, they can get "green" jobs installing wind turbines somewheres. [/s]
12 posted on 07/06/2010 8:00:42 PM PDT by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: YankeeReb
That was my thought. These are (no doubt) white engineering types who have outlived their usefulness. After all, space exploration is so 20th century. These people have no role in the NEW NASA with their focus on Muslim outreach and dhimmitude. Or, perhaps, they can get "green" jobs installing wind turbines somewheres. [/s]
13 posted on 07/06/2010 8:01:38 PM PDT by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: Willie Green

OF course they are cutting shuttle force... with a mission change from space exploration and utilization to “improving the US’s relations with Islam” (according to the NASA chief)...


14 posted on 07/06/2010 8:02:59 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Nachum
Well, it's not a secret that Obama is scaling back our space program, so these types of things have to be expected. Indeed, as the shuttle program winds down, expect more of it.

It's a shame to see talented, proficient people lose their jobs, though.

15 posted on 07/06/2010 8:03:13 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: KevinDavis

Space ping


16 posted on 07/06/2010 8:11:51 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Frantzie
"John Glenn part 2 was pretty close. I forget what Clinton corruption Glenn covered up but that was part of the deal."

CLINTON BOUGHT THE DERAILMENT OF THE HEARINGS FROM GLENN WITH A RIDE INTO ORBIT ONE MORE TIME.

JOHN GLENN IS A TRAITOR AND HISTORY WILL REFLECT THAT!
17 posted on 07/06/2010 8:27:05 PM PDT by Soul Citizen
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To: Soul Citizen

I totally agree. I think it Clinton selling technology to China for campaign cash and or the phony war in the Balkans which helped Bin Lander (KLA drug dealing).


18 posted on 07/06/2010 8:30:11 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

A shame but a lot voted for their space boy and astronaut Democrat Bill Nelson.


19 posted on 07/06/2010 8:31:32 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Willie Green

“The accomplishments of this team are unmatched in human spaceflight,”

... and 15% of you are fired.


20 posted on 07/06/2010 8:45:05 PM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Willie Green

“The accomplishments of this team are unmatched in human spaceflight,”

... and 15% of you are fired.


Hey Barack!

How many welfare ladies did you help with this move ... a few hundred?

A few dozen?


21 posted on 07/06/2010 8:46:06 PM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: mpeters

“We are broke. Shut this PC party down. They sent everything into space but a cripple and a witch doctor. BS!!”

And a three legged dog.


22 posted on 07/06/2010 8:47:59 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Willie Green

manned spaceflight is worthess


23 posted on 07/06/2010 9:03:56 PM PDT by element92
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To: Willie Green

If you’re a Muslim you won’t get laid off.


24 posted on 07/06/2010 9:09:35 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: element92

“manned spaceflight is worthess”

Bull.

That comment is worthless.


25 posted on 07/06/2010 9:11:52 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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