Sikorsky drops furlough plans after Pentagon recalls civilian employees
AFPNEW YORK CITY--Sikorsky, maker of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, has dropped plans to furlough thousands of workers without pay because of the U.S. government shutdown, a spokesperson said Sunday.
October 8, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The United Technologies affiliate pulled back after the Pentagon announced it was recalling most of its estimated 400,000 furloughed civilian workers despite the shutdown.
“We're relieved that the temporary layoffs and further disruption have been avoided. Our focus now turns to restoring full production levels,” the Sikorsky spokesman said.
Sikorsky had said Wednesday that, in the absence of Pentagon inspectors, it would have to furlough 2,000 employees starting Monday and that the number would climb to 5,000 if the impasse lasted until November.