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Boeing set to announce significant U.S. job cuts this week: union

Stock MarketsMay 26, 2020 10:25PM ET
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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing (NYSE:BA) Co is expected to announce U.S. job cuts this week after disclosing last month it planned to shed 10% of its worldwide workforce of 160,000 employees, people briefed on the plans and a union said.

A spokesman for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) union that represents 17,600 Boeing employees told Reuters Tuesday the company informed the union it should expect layoff notices on Friday.

Boeing declined to comment.

In April, Boeing chief executive Dave Calhoun said the company had "begun taking action to lower our number of employees by roughly 10% through a combination of voluntary layoffs, natural turnover and involuntary layoffs as necessary."

Calhoun said in April Boeing will need to make "even deeper reductions in areas that are most exposed to the condition of our commercial customers — more than 15% across our commercial airplanes and services businesses, as well as our corporate functions."

SPEEA said about 1,300 of its members applied to take voluntary layoffs.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reported earlier that Boeing planned to layoff thousands of workers.

A union official confirmed the newspaper's report that Boeing had told union leaders to expect cuts of between 15 to 20% of its membership, which represents engineers and technical workers in Washington State and southern California.

Boeing is struggling as the worldwide airline sector has been rocked by the travel demand falloff from the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, Boeing recorded zero orders for the second time this year and customers canceled another 108 orders for its grounded 737 MAX plane compounding its worst start to a year since 1962.

The outbreak worsened a crisis following the second of two fatal crashes that led to the grounding of the 737 MAX in March 2019. Calhoun said on May 8 he expected to resume production of grounded 737 MAX jet this month.

Boeing set to announce significant U.S. job cuts this week: union
 

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Jason Zou
Jason Zou May 27, 2020 1:27AM ET
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Wow! Boeing still has employees to spair, even significant. Very impressive!
Gamer Turtle
GamerTurtle May 26, 2020 11:40PM ET
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probably another bullish indicator. stock market function better when there is less or 0 employees around. lol
maga king
maga king May 26, 2020 11:34PM ET
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Boeing is an sham. stealing tax payers money while cutting staff
Rick Frederick
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Boeing issued $25B in bonds (borrowed more from private investors, and not the Fed) to keep going. Please see https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/30/boeing-raises-25-billion-massive-bond-sale-turns-down-bailout-funds/Because of military and defense purposes, the US government cannot and will not let them fold.
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone May 26, 2020 10:44PM ET
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Boring should just retrench all their staff, and their stock price would go to 3000 immediately.
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Kilo Byte May 26, 2020 10:36PM ET
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Where's the "reopening optimism" the Keynesians keep singing about?
Robert DZ the patterns
Robert DZ the patterns May 26, 2020 10:34PM ET
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I say Dow 450 Up
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Good news for stock market. Tomorrow 600 up. Bigger unempolymeny bigger gain dow
 
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