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About 100 Boeing workers to get layoff notices

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By Michelle Dunlop
Herald Writer
About 100 Boeing Co. employees in the Puget Sound region will receive 60-day layoff notices today.
This is the latest in a series of layoffs announced by Boeing in January. The aerospace company plans to reduce its work force by 6 percent, or 10,000 jobs, companywide by the end of the year.
Across Boeing, about 250 workers will receive pink slips, telling them that their last day with the company could be as soon as Nov. 20. About 100 Boeing commercial airplanes workers will receive notices, but not all 100 employees receiving pink slips in the region work in the commercial airplanes division, said Tim Healy, Boeing spokesman.
A drop in passenger and cargo air traffic, prompted by the recession, has led Boeing to trim its work force. However, the company has said it does not plan to scale back aircraft production, other than a previously announced rate cut on the Everett-based 777 next year.
New aircraft orders have trickled in at a much slower pace this year for Boeing, compared to the last several. Boeing added nine new orders, for 737s, to its backlog Thursday. That brings the company’s net order total to 79. Boeing has received 170 gross orders, with 91 cancellations.
Boeing plans to shed 4,500 commercial airplanes positions this year. But the monthly layoff totals have dwindled since the first quarter. Through Aug. 21, about 462 Boeing Machinists had received 60-day notices.
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