Sixty-day notices of “possible layoffs” were handed out to Boeing employees on Friday, a company spokesperson announced.
Details of exactly how many employees received such notices have not been released. However, spokesperson Jennifer Hogan tells News 9 the possible job cuts are not targeted toward a specific department and are company-wide.
Because the notices are for 60 days, Hogan says total layoff numbers may change through attrition, career changes and retirement.
Kurt Foreman, Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Great Oklahoma City Chamber said, “It’s always disappointing because it impacts individuals or families. It’s not just a faceless thing.” However, he said Boeing is growing rapidly in Oklahoma City and confirms these layoffs are minor.
Foreman said, “As you know, they just opened a major facility last week and so I think Oklahoma City is only going to have a lot of opportunities in the future.”
He is referring to the ribbon cutting event a week ago. Alongside the governor, Boeing leaders announced 800 new jobs, bringing the total number of Oklahoma workers to 2500.
A current employee tells News 9 it is frustrating to hear about openings one week, and then find out about layoffs a week later.
Hogan assures these new jobs announced are still in the works. They are continuing to hire other positions, regardless of specific cuts.
Hogan tells News 9 that Boeing is still committed to doing business in Oklahoma.
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