Boeing to Dismiss Hundreds of Engineers Amid Sales Slowdown

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By Julie Johnsson

April 17, 2017, 12:29 PM EDT April 17, 2017, 2:15 PM EDT
  • Layoffs follow voluntary reduction of 1,800 earlier this year
  • Planemaker says additional cuts may be on horizon in 2017

Boeing Co. plans to lay off hundreds of engineers in Washington state and other locations — and may eliminate more jobs later this year as the planemaker contends with slowing aircraft sales.

The latest workforce reduction, which should take effect June 23, follows a separate exodus of 1,500 mechanics and 305 engineers and technical workers who agreed to leave voluntarily earlier this year. Both union and non-union workers will be affected, Doug Alder, a Boeing spokesman, said Monday.

Additional engineering job cuts may follow depending on “our business environment and the amount of voluntary attrition,” John Hamilton, vice president of engineering for the commercial airplanes unit, said in a letter to employees Monday. The dismissals…

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