More Boeing job cuts expected in 2017

first_imgSEATTLE — After a year in which Boeing relentlessly slashed costs and cut its employment in Washington state by more than 8 percent, there’s more of the same to come in the new year, the leaders of the Commercial Airplanes unit told employees in an internal message Monday morning.The joint message from company vice chairman Ray Conner and the new chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister, cited a business climate with “fewer sales opportunities and tough competition” for the need to drive for further cuts in 2017.“We will continue working aggressively across BCA to reduce non-labor costs,” their message stated, referring to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We will need to continue to reduce the size of our workforce next year.”The job cuts will come through a combination of attrition, leaving open positions unfilled, and offering a voluntary buyout program in early 2017 that will give those who take it a week’s pay for each year of service up to a maximum of 26 weeks.The message also warns that “we may also need to use involuntary layoffs.”Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said there is no specific target number of jobs to be eliminated.Through November this year, Boeing eliminated just over 6,600 jobs in the state.Conner and McAllister said all the units within the company are currently analyzing their 2017 budget and staffing plans and will share soon the details on which employees will be eligible for the voluntary buyouts.last_img

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