About 250 jobs will be eliminated at Textron Aviation, the Wichita-based company announced today, as part of a larger restructuring initiated by parent company Textron. In addition, Textron Aviation said in a statement to AIN that it will implement periodic furloughs in some functional areas of the company for the remainder of the year.
Citing its adjustment “to the evolving global economic uncertainty and existing market conditions,” the job cuts will affect salaried and hourly employees, but not those who are working under a collective bargaining agreement, according to the statement.
In a related development, employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers will vote on Tuesday on a request by Textron Aviation to open contract talks early on a new bargaining agreement. The current six-year agreement with the machinists union expires on September 20.
Last week, Textron announced a restructuring that called for eliminating 1,950 jobs across three businesses, including Textron Aviation, but didn’t specify the number of job cuts at each of the businesses. With nearly 10,000 workers in Kansas and 12,500 companywide, Textron Aviation initiated rolling furloughs in March, as well as shortened work weeks, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Its most recent layoff occurred in December, affecting primarily 875 engineers and business support workers.