Boeing warns of furloughs over shutdown

first_imgBoeing could furlough some employees in its defense, space and security operations next week if the federal budget stalemate continues, a spokeswoman said Friday.Furloughs are not currently expected in the Commercial Airplanes unit, said spokeswoman Meghan McCormick in Washington, D.C. That unit employs the vast majority of Boeing’s 84,000 workers in Washington state.On the defense side, however, “We are looking at the possibility of furloughs that could start next week,” McCormick said.She said specifics are not available yet.“It’s such a fluid situation” because the shutdown of some government functions affects access to federal worksites, the availability of federal inspectors and many other operations, she said.“We’re looking at each program on a case-by-case basis.”Some top defense contractors have already announced thousands of furloughs. Lockheed Martin will release 3,000 employees Monday and potentially more in coming weeks due to the government shutdown.And United Technologies said it will furlough 2,000 employees by Monday, and more than 5,000 if the shutdown continues into next month.Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes unit in Seattle is authorized to certify completed airliners and make them available to customers, so those deliveries haven’t been interrupted.last_img

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