Union: Spirit Not Following Labor Law

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Friday September 13, 2013

Two layoffs this summer at Spirit Aerosystems are raising questions whether the company is complying with federal labor laws when making job cuts.

The SPEEA union, whose members are a large part of the layoffs, claims Spirit is violating the WARN act labor laws. A company spokesman says Spirit is following the labor laws.

Ray Goforth, Executive Director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace - SPEEA - accuses Spirit Aerosystems of not complying with the WARN act.

Goforth says, "I think this is horribly, horribly irresponsible of Spirit.
Spirit has chopped up these layoffs in a scheme to avoid having to adhere to the WARN act."

WARN is an acronym for the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act. The Department of Labor website says WARN protects workers by requiring most employers with more than 100 employees to give 60 days notification in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.

Spirit announced 360 layoffs July 25th and 150 Thursday.

Spirit spokesman Ken Evans disputes Goforthe's accusations saying they're verifiably false. Evans says in the first place Spirit's layoffs haven't triggered the WARN act requirements.

Even so Evans says, "It's a moot point anyway because we (Spirit) have complied with WARN."

Evans says, "All those who got layoff notices Thursday will be on the payroll for 60 days but won't have to work and can devote their time to finding another job."

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