Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boeing Cutting about 1,800 Seattle-Area Factory, Engineering Jobs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boeing Cutting about 1,800 Seattle-Area Factory, Engineering Jobs

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Boeing is shrinking its Seattle-area workforce by at least 1,800 jobs this year as the company streamlines operations in a brutally competitive commercial-aircraft market.

Boeing has accepted slightly more than 1,500 voluntary layoffs from its machinists, a union spokeswoman said Thursday, part of the jet maker's drive to cut costs through job reductions and other measures.

The reductions had been announced last year and workers had until Feb. 1 to apply.

"These are all voluntary, where people planned to retire or had other plans," said Connie Kelliher of District 751 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Another 305 engineers and technical workers are leaving voluntarily, said Bill Dugovich, a spokesman for their union, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. …

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