April 18, 2012
Spirit AeroSystems announced today its goal to bring its Wichita workforce back on Monday, April 23, to restart production. Spirit made the announcement on its website.
According to the machinists union, employees will get paid for a 40-hour week whether they were called in or not.
Also, Spirit agreed to continue paying SPEEA-represented employees their regular salary regardless of time worked for two weeks.
“We are committed to doing what we have to do to bring our factory up and running by Monday,” said Spirit AeroSystems President and CEO Jeff Turner.
“Spirit has made very good progress with our recovery plan this week. Now it’s time to bring our entire Wichita team safely back to work, with the flexibility and responsiveness to serve the needs of our customers.”
Once production resumes, the company would then work on quickly ramping back up to full-rate production. Spirit crews have been working around the clock since Saturday night’s tornado to assess the damage, build and work recovery plans, clear debris and restore basic services to the site.