Friday, April 15, 2011

USA announces plans for final shuttle layoffs

After the last shuttle flight, United Space Alliance will lay off nearly 2,000 Kennedy Space Center workers in late July or early August, the company announced today.

The Houston-based lead shuttle contractor could cut its total workforce in Texas, Florida and Alabama by half, from 5,600 to 2,800.

The company said it anticipated the reductions in the following ranges:
-- Florida: 1,850-1,950.
-- Texas: 750-800.
-- Alabama: 30-40.

The layoffs are expected to occur in stages on July 15, July 22 and Aug. 12, with Florida's mostly in July.

“The accomplishments of this team are unmatched in human spaceflight,” USA President and CEO Virginia Barnes said in a statement. “It will be difficult to say goodbye to such tremendously talented and dedicated teammates, and we are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible for them.”

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