Skip to comments.Union: Hawker may make massive cuts (Wichita, KS: Beechcraft)
Posted on 07/15/2010 7:28:34 AM PDT by avg_freeper
Union officials said Wednesday that Hawker Beechcraft is considering moving work out of Wichita that could shrink its hourly work force 50 to 75 percent over the next two years.
Union and company leaders met Wednesday about the future of the Wichita facility and its jobs, the union said.
"The outlook given by the company was bleak for the future," Machinists District 70 president Steve Rooney said in a letter to workers.
"The picture we are getting is of a Hawker Beechcraft Wichita that will shrink almost immediately down to 25 percent or more within two years, without a guarantee of even the last few jobs staying.''
The company issued a statement in response to Rooney's letter to union members:
"Last September the company initiated a series of meetings to update the union leadership about serious challenges it faces during these unprecedented economic times," the statement said. "These conversations have included a spectrum of possibilities for the company's future footprint and the likely impact on its workforce in all its locations.
"The company values this partnership and believes that there is a great opportunity available to us to work together to influence a positive outcome."
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