Textron Aviation: 250 layoffs nationwide, including 70 in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Textron Aviation said the company will lay off 250 salaried exempt and salaried nonexempt employees across most of their U.S. facilities. That count includes 70 employees from Wichita plants.

On Wednesday, KSN News learned that members voted to reject the request to open contract negotiations.

KSN talked to one union workers about the vote on Tuesday.

“Well, I think the vote is pretty important right now. A lot of things with the COVID-19 and everything going on,” said union worker Grant Haskins on Tuesday. “There’s a lot of rumors around the shop right now.”

In a statement, Textron says it continues to adjust to the evolving global economic uncertainty and existing market conditions and has announced workforce reductions and additional periodic furloughs in some functional areas throughout the remainder of 2020.

The company said it is focused on continuing on to support its customers with best-in-class aircraft and services during this difficult time.

Other workers said their vote is important while some say they want to open contract talks now. Other say they would like to wait until September. The current contract expires on September 20.

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