WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Airplane-maker Bombardier announced Tuesday it plans a workforce reduction of about 1,700 employees and contractors at its facilities in the United States and Canada. That number includes 550 people in the company's Learjet facility in Wichita.
The Wichita cuts include 200 contractors who left the company in December after their contracts expired and were not renewed, said company spokeswoman Annie Cossette.
Cossette would not reveal how many of the remaining affected workers involved full-time Bombardier employees or company contractors, or when the layoffs are expected to begin.
The Montreal-based company said the U.S. workforce reduction will take place at its Wichita Learjet plant and its effects will be felt across all the Learjet programs. The layoffs include both union and non-union workers in assembly, manufacturing, engineering, sales and aftermarket programs.
The machinists union said 150 to 160 employees represented by its bargaining unit in Wichita are expected to lose their jobs.
"We have no indication to how long it will be. We think a lot of it is based on the market turning around. We are hopeful that these will be short-term," said Bob Wood, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.