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Boeing union says around 1,900 workers accepted voluntary layoffs

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DUBAI: US plane maker Boeing’s union said on that the company has accepted voluntary layoffs of around 1,900 machinists and engineers in Seattle.

The union said 1,575 workers accepted voluntary layoffs by the deadline which ended in February, Reuters said.

Boeing’s white-collar union said Boeing accepted 305 members for voluntary layoffs in January. Last year, Boeing cut about 1,200 white-collar union jobs – 850 through voluntary layoffs and 350 through involuntary reductions, said Bill Dugovich, spokesman for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

The job reductions had been announced last year and workers had until Feb. 1 to apply.

Boeing offered the buyouts to workers last year as part of an 8 percent workforce reduction at its commercial airplane business. The unit had about 74,600 workers at the end of February. Boeing said in December it would cut an as-yet-undetermined number of jobs in 2017.

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