Boeing follows through with planned layoffs

The Associated Press
Tuesday November 27, 2001

SEATTLE — Boeing Co. laid off 2,900 workers Monday as part of the company’s already announced plan to trim as many as 30,000 workers by the end of 2002. 

About 1,900 workers in the Puget Sound area and 1,000 workers elsewhere in the country received the 60-day notices, spokesman Tom Ryan said. All those affected will lose their jobs by Jan. 25. 

The majority of the layoffs are in the company’s commercial airplane division, which has been hard hit by Sept. 11. 

Boeing will release its next round of layoff notices Dec. 21, Ryan said. 

In October, Boeing announced a first round of about 12,000 job cuts to be completed by Dec. 14. 

“We knew it’d be a significant number so I guess I could say there’s no surprise, but it’s still very disturbing that that many people will all be without a job in 60 days,” said Mark Blondin, president of Boeing’s Machinsts Union. “It’s not an easy time for them.”