More Cessna Layoffs rumored

More Cessna Layoffs rumored

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Worried

Chanute, KS

#1 Mar 11, 2009
Much talk coming from Cessna this week of more layoffs on the way, and unlike previous ones, these will be furloughs with no severance pkg. offered. This coming on the eve of the Independence Reporter article that was headlined "Independence board takes next steps with construction project" With property tax statements out this month most all with a considerable rise, not even reflecting taxes from the new project, have we even started paying for the great flood yet? how do we hope to survive?
SOUTH TOWN

Pass Christian, MS

#2 Mar 11, 2009
Sorry to say, if the auto industry is going down so is the airplane and boat industry. Cobalt in independence is having a meeting today. They have dropped from 50 employees down to 15. Don't know what the meetings about. I'm sure its not good.
bricklayer

Chanute, KS

#3 Mar 11, 2009
Worried wrote:
Much talk coming from Cessna this week of more layoffs on the way, and unlike previous ones, these will be furloughs with no severance pkg. offered. This coming on the eve of the Independence Reporter article that was headlined "Independence board takes next steps with construction project" With property tax statements out this month most all with a considerable rise, not even reflecting taxes from the new project, have we even started paying for the great flood yet? how do we hope to survive?
Our State and Local political leaders have to start postioning for the stimilus money or this could go south real quick.
amazed

Springfield, MO

#4 Mar 11, 2009
it's already to far south , we could start planting our watermelon seeds now.
it's sickening....
ECBULLDOG

Independence, KS

#5 Mar 11, 2009
Yeah, all we might be able to eat this summer is watermelon, but people on here defending the school bond issue have no worries....everyone is doing fine.....no worries.....YET
I Voted No

Derby, KS

#6 Mar 11, 2009
Wait until the Hyper Inflation hits from the trillion dollars the Gov. just printed.

Since: Mar 09

Independence

#7 Mar 14, 2009
As of right now at Cessna I can say that there doesn't seem to be another layoff in the immediate future for the Independence plant. What does seem possible, judging from some of the rumors and language used by the Senior Leadership, is that a furlough may happen if things get worse. This is all speculation though.
YowMing

United States

#8 Mar 15, 2009
I heard someone that works in the office at cessna say they were going to call back 65 people

Since: Mar 09

Independence

#9 Mar 15, 2009
From what I understand, as of right now they are saying there will be no call backs or rescinding of WARN notices. If and when they decide to hire again, people will have to apply again. I can't speak for the people who work in the offices however.

“not illegal the original”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#10 Mar 15, 2009
YowMing wrote:
I heard someone that works in the office at cessna say they were going to call back 65 people
I heard we were getting a Wendy's, Long John Silvers, and an Applebees too... like those, this probably isnt happening either..

Since: Mar 09

Independence

#11 Mar 15, 2009
I read a finacial blog predicting that Textron, Cessna's parent company, will not make it through the 4th quarter this year. Very scary.

“not illegal the original”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#12 Mar 16, 2009
Wichita Eagle
Sat, 14 Mar 2009

While the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires employees to continue to be paid for the work they perform on the job for 60 days after receiving layoff notices, it doesn't say they must be paid their normal wages if the company cuts their hours.

Hundreds of workers received WARN notices, then had their hours cut... which kept them from applying for Shared Work program assistance from the state, to recoup a portion of their lost wages stemming from the shorter week. Workers whose hours were cut but who didn't receive layoff notices were able to apply for Shared Work benefits.

Last week several workers complained about the Catch-22 situation; Cessna said at the time it was working with the Kansas labor department to arrive at some kind of solution.

By returning to a full workweek, employees will once again collect their normal paychecks... though for many, it will only be until the 60-day WARN period has expired. After that, they'll be out of a job with Cessna.

Furthermore, about 200 people whose hours were cut won't be returning at all... though they will continue to be paid their regular full-week wages for the balance of the 60-day WARN period, according to Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver.

In all, some 4,600 workers at Cessna facilities in Wichita and Independence, KS, and Bend, OR will be out of work by the end of this month

Since: Mar 09

Independence

#13 Mar 16, 2009
The workers who did get laid off will get a 2 week severence for 90 days or less on the job and 11 weeks for over one year worked through 10 years worked. Every year they have under their belt after that will add a week to their severence.
I guess ever little bit will help. Lay-offs suck.

“not illegal the original”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#14 Mar 18, 2009
mjk23 wrote:
The workers who did get laid off will get a 2 week severence for 90 days or less on the job and 11 weeks for over one year worked through 10 years worked. Every year they have under their belt after that will add a week to their severence.
I guess ever little bit will help. Lay-offs suck.
Havent heard anything on this, and the source I had there was just laid off, anyone know how this is going?

Since: Mar 09

Independence

#15 Mar 19, 2009
not illegal wrote:
<quoted text>Havent heard anything on this, and the source I had there was just laid off, anyone know how this is going?
I work at Cessna and this severence package is what they are doing for people who get a WARN notice. If your talking about Wichita that may be different, but this what they are doing in Independence.
companywide

Chanute, KS

#16 Apr 3, 2009
March 31, 2009

More layoffs are coming at Wichita's Cessna Aircraft, the company announced today. The number of layoffs hasn't been determined.

Cessna Vice President of Communications Bob Stangarone said the layoffs will be companywide and in all pay categories. The extent of the layoffs will be known April 29th, when Cessna's parent company, Textron, announces its first quarter financial report.

In addition to the layoffs, Cessna will have a company-wide shutdown from July 6th to July 17th.

Cessna already announced 4,600 layoffs, including 4,000 in Wichita.

Text of message from Cessna's Jack Pelton to employees;

Fellow Cessnans

We are all watching the news these days with somewhat more focus than we might have in the past. We are bombarded with economic terms and theory as the experts interpret details of each day’s events in the global economic crisis. I’ve never seen any situation as dynamic as this.

In recent weeks, many of these experts have pointed to signs in the economy that seem to indicate that we may be approaching the bottom of the economic cycle. We have seen a trend of consecutive stock market increases, and we’re seeing some favorable indicators in the housing market and retail sales. Recently the chairman of the Federal Reserve said it appears the recession could end later this year.

We take hope in all this, though it is tempered when the focus returns to our business and our industry, which historically lags well behind the economic cycle.

While our sales team has risen to the challenge of the times and recorded a number of orders in recent months, we continue to see a slowdown. Financing continues to be problematic for many customers. Their economic health may have stabilized, but their decision to take delivery of the jet they ordered two years ago now hinges on increased profitability which is still some time away. The net result continues to be a reduction in firm demand by way of delivery deferral, and in many cases, outright cancellation. And though we have vigorously fought to defend our industry, the misperceptions surrounding the use of business aircraft continue.

I do wish I had different news, but as a result of this continued decline, we have revised our production schedules for 2009 and 2010, and that means we will need to further reduce our workforce. Additionally, we are planning a companywide two-week shutdown Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 17. Employees required to work to support customer deliveries and services during this period will be notified by their supervisor.

We will be refining our projections to determine exactly what this means in terms of the extent of the workforce reduction, and we will let you know the details by the end of April.

I know you have questions and concerns for yourself, your coworkers and your families. We are working as hard as possible to minimize the impact on you. Your dedication, your attention to your work and the quality of the product we put out continues to set the standard in the industry, and that remains the key to our future.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support during this very difficult period.

Jack
I Voted No

United States

#17 Apr 3, 2009
I talked to a lady tonight that works at Cessna, she said they are laying off 100 more in Indep, next Friday.

“not illegal the original”

Since: Oct 08

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#18 Apr 4, 2009
Let's build more houses, im sure these folks could swing $86,000, $96,000, $123,500 or even $126,500.. See April..
Homer Simpson

United States

#19 Apr 5, 2009
I Voted No wrote:
I talked to a lady tonight that works at Cessna, she said they are laying off 100 more in Indep, next Friday.
Work a 4 day work week 1st shift (Mon.- Thurs.)
so I question the validity of this information!!!
I Voted No

United States

#20 Apr 5, 2009
I hope you're right, but she works in the office.

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