Spirit AeroSystems says it's cutting production on some Boeing products as a result of the Machinists strike against Boeing, now in its...
WICHITA, Kan. — Spirit AeroSystems says it’s cutting production on some Boeing products as a result of the Machinists strike against Boeing, now in its third day.
Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit said today that it will shorten the workweeks of some employees like it did during the Machinists’ four-week strike against Boeing in 2005. President and CEO Jeff Turner said moves are necessary due to what he called “an unfortunate situation.”
Spirit was created from Boeing’s sale of its commercial aircraft-parts operations in Wichita in June 2005. The Spirit plant makes nose-and-cockpit front fuselage sections of the 737, 747, 767, 777 and the new 787 Dreamliner, as well as the entire fuselage of the Renton-built 737s. It also builds the struts that hold the engines on the wing and the pods that encase the engines for all current Boeing jets.
Boeing Machinists hit the picket lines Saturday, after contract negotiations broke off. About 25,000 Machinists in Boeing’s factories around Puget Sound, some 1,200 in Portland, 700 in Wichita and about 70 at Edwards Air Force Base in California are striking.
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In a news release today, Spirit noted that it endured the 2005 strike at Boeing, which lasted 28 days, without layoffs or work stoppages.
Spirit also said it is withdrawing its previous 2008 financial guidance as a result of the strike against Boeing, its largest customer. The company said it will update its guidance when the Machinists strike is over.