Workers at Boeing Co.'s facilities in North Charleston won't be affected by the involuntary layoffs the aerospace giant announced last week for its West Coast employees as part of ongoing cost-cutting measures.
"There have been no involuntary layoff notices issued at Boeing South Carolina," spokeswoman Lori Gunter said Monday. The company continues to participate in a voluntary buyout program first announced in December.
Boeing last week sent a notice to workers at its commercial airplanes division in Washington state warning of layoffs that will take place in May. A report by CNN said fewer than 500 workers will be affected. That's in addition to more than 1,800 Boeing workers on both coasts who have taken voluntary buyouts in recent months.
The International Association of Machinists union, which represents many of Boeing's workers on the West Coast, said in a statement that it has been notified of the layoffs but does not have specific information about dates and job classifications that will be impacted.
Boeing has said it is cutting costs to better compete with France-based rival Airbus and in response to slowing sales of wide-body planes like the 787 Dreamliner, which is built at the company's North Charleston campus and in Everett, Wash. The company employs 147,683 people worldwide, about half of them in the commercial planes division. Overall, Boeing has reduced headcount in that division by 9 percent since the voluntary buyouts were announced.
Boeing's South Carolina operations have trimmed 37 positions since the cost-cutting was announced in December but has cut its workforce by 8.4 percent since peak employment levels a year ago. Boeing now employs 7,572 people at its South Carolina facilities.