Boeing Confirms 900 Jobs Will Be Cut in Long Beach

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boeing cuts c-17 jobs in long beachAs part of a transition announced last year, Boeing confirmed that it is moving to a new production rate of ten C-17s per year. The company will reduce C-17 work force by approximately 1,100 jobs through the end of 2012—about 900 of those jobs will be in Long Beach.

“This has been a very difficult decision, no question about it,” said Bob Ciesla, C-17 program manager. “But reducing the number of C-17s we deliver every year—and doing that with a smaller work force—will allow us to keep the production line open beyond 2012.”

The move to the new production rate will be completed this summer and result in the elimination of the second shift at the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach.

“I am very disappointed to hear the news from Boeing that they will be laying off 1,100 employees, the majority of whom work in the company’s Long Beach facility,” said Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe. “Just as we are starting to see a small bounce in employment, sales tax and property tax, it is discouraging to have one of the region’s premier companies lay-off more employees.”

The C-17 program supports roughly 25,000 supplier jobs in 44 states and has an annual economic impact of approximately $5.8 billion. For 18 years, the C-17 has supported military transport, humanitarian and disaster-relief missions worldwide.

“For years, I have been lobbying in Washington to protect the C-17 program, which is critical to our national security and our ability to efficiently carry out important missions around the world, and I will continue that effort as well,” Knabe continued. “Built right here in Long Beach, the construction of these planes provide good jobs for local workers. In these troubled economic times, the loss of any jobs is particularly painful.”

Boeing says they will provide assistance for impacted workers and try to redeploy many of the affected employees to other Boeing locations with suitable job openings.

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