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"Lockheed employees are the latest casualty in the government shutdown, with the defense contractor announcing Friday it plans to furlough 3,000 workers on Monday. But what they didn't mention is they are laying off workers too, says a Lockheed source on the hush-hush. Lockheed, of course, isn't the only defense contractor taking it on the chin. Other contractors include United Technologies, which has furloughed 2,000, and BAE Systems which cut 1,000."
In addition to the furloughed employees, Lockheed is planning to lay off workers who were assigned to projects where a contract has ended and its follow-up agreements cancelled due to the shutdown, a Lockheed source, who requested anonymity, told Dice News.
No figures were immediately available on the number of possible layoffs. However, a company spokesperson, Gordon Johndroe, told Dice News that the layoffs aren’t necessarily related to the shutdown, as it’s not uncommon for follow-up contracts to be cancelled. “The [layoff] numbers are not very large and this happens from time to time over the years,” he said.