Boeing announces lay off 'opportunity' for St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - NewsChannel 5 received a copy of an email sent to all Boeing non-union workers Tuesday morning in St. Louis, St. Clair, and St. Charles.

The letter, sent with high importance, announces a voluntary layoff opportunity for certain nonunion employees.

It states:


We are operating in the toughest business environment in a generation – and expect that to continue in 2014. In response, you've helped us achieve more than $3.8 billion in savings since 2010, allowing us to stay healthy and invest in our business. But there is more tough work ahead. BDS must identify $2.1 billion more in savings by 2016 to make the necessary cost reductions required to keep programs sold, win new business, and stay ahead of our competitors.

One of the tools that will help us achieve those market-based affordability goals is a voluntary layoff program for our nonunion BDS population. Offered this year for the St. Louis region, this approach will improve our competitive position as we reshape our business. The VLO will be based on specific criteria for nonunion employees in levels 4 through 6; Quality and Product Support K level managers; and managers at levels L and M for targeted functions and job families. Eligibility for participation in the voluntary layoff program will be determined by your business unit or functional leadership, based on business needs. It will also help reduce the need for involuntary layoffs and directly responds to employees who have requested this option.

On April 25, invitations to eligible employees will be sent. They will contain detailed information on how to apply for the program.

Please remember that this program will not be offered to everyone. Individual business and organizational needs will dictate exactly who may participate as we work to meet market based affordability targets. You will receive an invitation to apply for the voluntary layoff if you are eligible, on April 25. If you have questions, please contact your immediate manager, your HR teams or submit a question to the St. Louis Voluntary Layoff mailbox.

Boeing employs a total of 15,000 union and non-union workers in Missouri. A spokesperson told News Channel 5 he could not comment on how many volunteers were needed. The layoffs effect mid-level to senior management and senior specialists. The Boeing lay off package can offer up to 26 weeks in severance depending on number of years of employment and the position held.

A spokesperson e-mailed the following statement:

"Boeing Defense, Space & Security today informed its St. Louis region-based employees of an opportunity for a limited voluntary layoff plan. This is an option employees have requested in the past and provides the enterprise with another means toward better affordability for the customers of our products in a highly-competitive marketplace. We are committed to work with our customers to ensure continued quality and performance during this transition as employees volunteer for layoff."


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