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Lockheed To Furlough 3,000 On Monday, Layoffs Also Kicking In

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posted on Oct, 5 2013 @ 05:27 AM

"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."

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posted on Oct, 5 2013 @ 08:09 AM
Layoffs? Oops... Well, if we still had a Government to publish an Unemployment report right now, next month's summary for this one would look real ugly, wouldn't it?

It's handy the BLS workers aren't essential either. No need to keep track of such pesky numbers right now.

So what happens if this goes on? Everyone thought sequester was short term too. Obama and Congress both sounded like avoiding it was the most important thing in the world (And it really WAS...given the ongoing damage THAT does every day)...yet after it came to be? They insured the public learned to live with the new REAL and unending crisis mode that actually created.

Could this be another crisis mode they expect us to get used to? This turned off so many things, if it went on? It would be a functional state of national emergency under the President, for how much usually is working and stopped entirely last Sunday night.

This ain't good at all if it isn't solved quickly. Very quickly.
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posted on Oct, 5 2013 @ 08:20 AM
I'm a little disappointed in Slashdot at the moment, they make it sound like it was never planned to lay anyone off. The article they linked to says it's not uncommon after projects are wrapped up to lay off people:

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.

Shutdown Forces Lockheed to Furlough 3,000 Monday

posted on Oct, 5 2013 @ 09:08 AM
Here in Connecticut, 2000 manufacturing workers at Sikorsky Aircraft were put on unpaid furlough Friday as company officials said there is no work to do until Congress finds a way to pay inspectors who check aircraft before delivery to the federal government. Next week it will be 3000!

posted on Oct, 5 2013 @ 09:29 AM
reply to post by Nyiah

These aren't all completed projects though. These are ongoing and new projects. The companies can't test fly new build aircraft or deliver new aircraft because the inspectors that accept them are furloughed.

Notice also that the projects you mentioned also involve the shutdown. LM and others try to shuffle people when projects are done to keep their experience base intact.
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