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Voluntary layoff exceeds company goals, brings questions

Voluntary layoff cycle

A new cycle of Voluntary Layoff was announced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes on June 16, for a planned layoff date of Sept. 23. Boeing is sending invitations to targeted groups.

With only a handful of denials, more than 700 SPEEA members were approved for Voluntary Layoff (VLO) from The Boeing Company during the cycle the registration cycle ending May 12, according to figures presented at the May Joint Workforce Committee meeting.

Boeing sent invitation letters to more than 6,450 members in Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) in recent months. Of those, 625 applied and were approved for VLO. The approvals exceeded the company’s original targets for BCA.

Additionally, invitations were sent to 1,411 SPEEA members working in Engineering, Operations & Technology (EO&T). Of the 101 who applied, 95 were approved. The six denials occurred for employees working in critical skill areas.

SPEEA Contract Administrators and Council Reps continue to field a wide range of questions regarding the process. A special Voluntary Layoff Q & A is now available to assist members.

Layoff Benefits
Type Restrictions

Maximum pay per year of service Subsidized COBRA  Lump Sum
Normal layoff 1 week / year, max 26 weeks 3 months Income continuation
or lump sum
Voluntary layoff 1 week / year, max 26 weeks 3 months Lump sum required, no recall rights, release required
Layoff due to work movement

2 weeks / year, min 26 weeks
to max 60 weeks

6 months

Lump sum required, no recall rights, release required

Information to help workers facing layoff

Experiencing a layoff is often the most difficult experience a worker will face during their career. During layoff, SPEEA is working and available to help represented employees with information, resources and assistance with the benefits they have earned.

SPEEA receives information regarding layoffs from the companies where represented members work. Information is used by SPEEA Contract Administrators to monitor the process and ensure the company complies with SPEEA contracts, their own procedures and recall processes.

Spirit AeroSystems - Questions employees at Spirit are asking

The Boeing Company - Questions employees at Boeing are asking

- When you leave Boeing - (Company summary)

The AFL-CIO maintains a variety of tools on its website - When the Paycheck Stops

2015 retention schedule that The Boeing Company uses. Retention Schedule effective March 2015

Assistance available to SPEEA-represented employees at Boeing

    • Boeing Career Transition Services - On the internal Boeing web, type in Career Transition Services. On the page you will find the schedule for Layoff Briefings as well as a schedule for Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques Workshops.

    • Boeing Total Access: 866-473-2016 (TTY-TDD 800-755-6363) (need BEMS ID and password)

    • Boeing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or call toll free: 1-866-719-5788

    • Trade Act - Beginning the Process

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