WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Spirit AeroSystems tells its 10,500 employees that the ongoing machinists strike at Boeing may force it to look at a shutdown and temporary layoffs.
Most Spirit employees have been working reduced three-day work weeks since the strike began on Sept. 6.
Spirit President and CEO Jeff Turner said in a memo to employees yesterday that the company must look at other alternatives if the strike lasts much past October. He says those include the possibility of broad shutdowns and temporary layoffs as early as November.
One economist estimated even a temporary layoff at Spirit could cost the Wichita economy $5 million a week.