Boeing cuts back on contract workers at US plant

Mar 01, 2013 by Bruce Smith

Boeing is trimming the number of temporary contract workers employed at its South Carolina assembly plant.

The company said on Friday that the reductions have been planned for some time and have nothing to do with battery problems in its 787 jetliners. It didn't say how many workers are affected.

Boeing assembles 787s in its North Charleston plant, as well as at a larger facility in Everett, Washington.

Boeing Co. spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the North Charleston plant employs more than 6,100 people. That includes regular employees and contract workers at the 787 as well as another facility that makes the plane's tail section. She said none of the regular Boeing workers are affected.

She said contract employees have had the chance to apply for permanent Boeing jobs in recent months. It's standard practice in the industry to use when production at a plant is being ramped up, she said.

The 787 is Boeing's newest plane, and the North Charleston plant delivered its first one in October. The plane is built in sections all over the world—including the tail in North Charleston—and then assembled there and in Everett. Boeing has said it aims to build about three a month in North Charleston by the end of the year, out of 10 per month total.

The 787 has been grounded since Jan. 16 because of a smoldering and burning batteries. are halted. Boeing has said it intends to keep building the planes at the same pace, though.

Boeing employs more than 173,000 people worldwide. Its defense business has been shrinking, while there has been some growth in its commercial airplanes. The company said on Friday that it will hire roughly 8,000 to 10,000 people this year, but expects overall employment to be flat.

The reductions were first reported late Thursday by The .

Co. shares rose 25 cents to $77.15 in morning trading.

Explore further: BlackBerry courts iPhone users with cash

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

FAA orders Boeing 787 fuel leak inspections

Dec 05, 2012

The US Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it was ordering inspections of all Boeing 787 Dreamliners in service worldwide following reports of fuel leaks.

FAA to review of Boeing 787, but calls plane safe

Jan 11, 2013

(AP)—The U.S. government stepped in Friday to assure the public that Boeing's new 787 "Dreamliner" is safe to fly, even as it launched a comprehensive review to find out what caused a fire, a fuel leak ...

Rolls-Royce to 'expedite' engine delivery to Boeing

Aug 27, 2010

Rolls-Royce said Friday it was working closely with Boeing to rush through delivery of engines to the US aerospace giant which has been forced to announce a further delay to its Dreamliner jet programme.

Recommended for you

BlackBerry courts iPhone users with cash

9 hours ago

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry is wooing Apple customers with a cash offer for trade-ins of iPhones for its new square-screened, keyboard-equipped Passport.

HP earnings show continued struggle

10 hours ago

Venerable tech giant Hewlett-Packard has been struggling for three years to turn its business around. Its latest earnings show it still has more work ahead.

Apple market value hits $700 bn

16 hours ago

A rise in Apple shares Tuesday pushed the market value of the trend-setting US tech icon above $700 billion, becoming the first company to hit that milestone.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.