WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Textron Aviation announced workforce reductions and additional periodic furloughs Tuesday morning. The reduction affects approximately 800 employees. The majority of the employees are in Wichita according to a statement from the company.
The company said it continues to adjust to the evolving global economic uncertainty and existing market conditions. Bargained employees are also impacted by the announcement.
Textron Aviation says it remains focused on supporting customers with best-in-class aircraft and services during this difficult time.
It’s a rollercoaster of emotions for those who work in aviation in Wichita.
“We’re all just kind of like, ‘sit down, okay, what’s next?” said one employee. “What’s really next? It’s just very difficult because that puts more workload and more hours for the people who are still employed.”
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), a union that represents workers said this layoff doesn’t come as a shock, but it does hurt some employees.
“All of the facilities have laid off the lower senior people,” said Cornell Beard, president of the union. “Now, you’re starting to get into the higher senior people that have the experience and will be able to get the wage someplace else.”
IAMAW representatives said who no idea what will happen next, they’re trying their best to develop games plans for helping employees.
“Today might be good,” said Beard. “Then tomorrow, it’s a completely different story.”
Beard said the union offers some assistance with food through the United Way with Mario’s Pantry. You can also contact IAMAW for more resources at (316) 522-1591.
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