Pilots flying helicopters for the French hospitals’ emergency medical services–Samu, under the French acronym–were scheduled to go on strike on January 30 to protest long hours, low wages and pressure exerted on unionists. On January 19
Boeing last month said it plans to slash employment at its Commercial Airplanes business by some 4,500 positions this year “as part of an effort to ensure competitiveness and control costs in the face of a weakening global economy.” The cuts lower Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ employment total to approximately 63,500, roughly the level at which it began at the start of last year.
Among other measures, manufacturers are increasingly looking to layoffs for
cost-cutting as demand dwindles and aircraft production rates drop. Analysts and industry observers look for things to get worse before they get better.
Aviation jobs listing service JSFirm reported record postings for aviation professionals last year, with more than 4,000 company members, 60,000 individual résumé members and an average of more than five million Web site hits per month, according to account manager Tonya Salatino. Web site activity has already climbed 10 percent this year, she added.
The Nordam Group recently laid off 63 more employees, primarily from interiors and structures operations, which are responsible for business aviation cabin components. According to incoming CEO Bill Peacher, who will take over effective January 1, the reduction in force to date has amounted to about 7 percent of the employment base, including salaried, hourly and temporary contract employees, as well as losses due to attrition.
Fractional share provider CitationShares is reducing the size of its pilot workforce by 30 people, according to CEO Steve O’Neill. The Greenwich, Conn.-based company is offering an early retirement and temporary leave-of absence alternative to all pilots before determining how many will be affected by an involuntary furlough, he said.
Pratt & Whitney laid off some 350 U.S.-based salaried employees yesterday in another sign of a projected slump next year in the civil air transport and military aircraft markets. Some 260 people lost their jobs at the company’s main operations in and around East Hartford, Conn. The remaining layoffs affect employees in 12 other states around the country.
Last Friday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Washington, D.C.) issued a temporary stay of the Department of Transportation’s November 1 implementation of mandatory direct observation of all federally required return-to-work and follow-up urine collections, according to George Ellis, executive vice president of substance abuse services at Maple Grove, Minn.-based Verifications.
The FAA has revised drug and alcohol testing procedures, specifically requiring “direct observation” in all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests.
NetJets pilots last month voted to switch union representation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), an in-house group. The final results, released July 1, show that of the 81.7 percent of eligible NetJets pilots who participated in the vote, 97.7 percent opted for the NJASAP while 2.3 percent chose the IBT.