Spirit Warns Of Potential Layoffs If Boeing Strike Continues

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Spirit Aerosystems President and CEO sent an e-mail to employees today, warning of possible layoffs if the Boeing Strike continues for much longer. Jeff Turner has been updating employees on the impact of the strike on a regular basis.

In today's message, Turner said, " If the work stoppage continues much beyond the end of October, Spirit will likely have to implement other alternatives beyond a shortened workweek". He goes on to add, " These alternatives, in the worst case, include the possibility of broad shutdowns and temporary layoffs, possibly as early as mid November".

Boeing Machinists went on strike September 6th. Talks between Boeing and the IAM broke down Monday evening.

Spirit is Boeing's largest supplier of major components for all models.

Turner went on to add, " I know this is a hardship on you and your families...we are doing our best to manage through it, balancing the interests of our business, our customers, our employees and our communities".

  • Text of entire e-mail

    We are now in week six of the IAM work stoppage at Boeing and Spirit continues to work at all levels to manage through the significant challenges this poses to our business. Those challenges increase with each day the strike continues. As you know, our strategy has been to implement shortened workweeks in order to avoid layoffs as long as possible.

    Boeing and the IAM went back to the bargaining table this week, but unfortunately, have ended their talks without any progress. While the Spirit team has been evaluating scenarios based on the work stoppage at Boeing ending prior to October 31, the possibility exists that the strike could extend beyond that. As a result, we must focus on planning for an extended strike. If the work stoppage continues much beyond the end of October, Spirit will likely have to implement other alternatives beyond a shortened workweek for those areas primarily supporting Boeing production programs. These alternatives, in the worst case, include the possibility of broad shutdowns and temporary layoffs, possibly as early as mid November. Hopefully, this alternative can be avoided. Be assured we are looking at all of the options and will be discussing this with local union leadership.

    We recognize that we have no control over the duration of the strike at Boeing; however, we must do everything in our power to ensure the health of our business for the long term. A shutdown is clearly not our preference but may be necessary in the weeks ahead if the strike continues.

    I know this is a hardship on you and your families. This is a fluid situation and we are doing our best to manage through it, balancing the interests of our business, our customers, our employees and our communities.

    Thank you for the teamwork, understanding and perseverance you are displaying through these difficult times.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Turner
    President and Chief Executive Officer


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