More than 300 contract workers at the Federal Aviation Administration's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City have received layoff notices because of federal spending cuts forced by sequestration.
Raytheon Co., a defense contractor based in Massachusetts, has sent layoff notices to 224 workers in Oklahoma City who work at the FAA training center, according to documents on file with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
In 2008, the FAA awarded Raytheon a 10-year, $437-million contract to provide training to air traffic controllers at Mike Monroney.
Raytheon declined to comment on the layoff notices, which were issued March 13. Under federal law, some large employers are required to give workers 60 days notice before mass layoffs.
Oklahoma City-based Interim Solutions for Government LLC, also known as ISG, has issued layoff notices to 94 workers in Oklahoma City.
Gerald Williams, ISG president, said the workers have been notified they will be furloughed, not laid off permanently.
Williams said he is hopeful the forced spending cuts will be reversed when the federal government starts a new fiscal year at the beginning of October. He hopes to be notified by the end of August whether ISG workers can go back to work at Mike Monroney.
Some ISG workers already have been furloughed, and others are wrapping up continuing training programs at the aeronautical center and waiting to learn if they will be laid off, Williams said.
ISG is a subcontractor for Raytheon and provides instructional support at Mike Monroney.
“This is something that is happening because of the terrible position we are in with the federal government and sequestration,” Williams said.
Roland Herwig, a spokesman for the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, declined to comment. A request to the FAA for comment was not immediately returned.