The company has distributed layoff notices to hundreds of IT staff in the Puget Sound region.
Boeing has distributed layoff notices to several hundred people in its Information Technology (IT) unit in the Puget Sound region, according to employees.
The notices, distributed last week, informed affected employees they will be laid off in July.
Boeing corporate spokeswoman Lauren McFarland confirmed the layoffs but declined to say how many people will be let go.
Although Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes division is offering voluntary buyouts to reduce the workforce, the layoffs at the IT unit are all involuntary, she said.
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Boeing’s IT organization provides computer support across the entire company. One local employee said he was among about 200 people who received layoff notices in his network-infrastructure group, one of several units within IT.
McFarland said the layoffs are part of a companywide “effort to increase our competitiveness.”
“We are making strategic changes to some of the work we do across IT, resulting in the need for fewer IT employees, which reduces overall IT costs,” McFarland wrote in an email response to questions.
She said other cost-saving measures within Boeing IT include travel reductions, increased virtual meetings and “constant evaluation of the services we provide.”
The local IT division was drastically cut after Boeing in 2013 began shifting out of state some 1,500 jobs, about one-third of the total, and hiring mostly younger people at new IT centers established in Charleston, S.C., and St. Louis.
At that time, Boeing had about 7,900 IT employees companywide and said it intended to reduce that to close to 7,000 within three years through attrition, retirements and layoffs.
At the end of April, Boeing had a total of almost 77,500 employees in Washington state, down from a recent peak of 87,000 in the fall of 2012.
Information in this article, originally published May 24, 216, was corrected May 25, 2016. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that some Boeing IT employees represented by the engineering union SPEEA had been laid off this year. This was based on incorrect information provided by SPEEA. Some union members in the Boeing IT unit have been laid off in the past few years, but none this year.