Lockheed Martin is laying off 800 employees in its rotary and mission systems division.

A company spokesperson said the cuts are done by transferring staff to its other subsidiaries, and gradual attrition.

They called it “a limited number” of job losses.

The firm has earmarked $100 million to pay for severance and other costs of the restructuring in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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A senior official with the Teamsters union said the reductions would not affect union membership, but instead “salary” employees.

Last month, union members signed a new contract that provides for an 18 percent pay rise and cost-of-living allowances over five years.

The deal lets all insured members receive a $5,000 bonus and a 50 percent company match if they deposited in a company savings plan.

The contract deal also calls for Lockheed Martin to offer up to 250 workers’ voluntary departure packages this year, with more offered over the next two years.

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Packages would include an option to choose a $20,000 lump-sum pay, one week’s compensation for every year of Lockheed Martin service, and a year of free health coverage.

A second option would add a second year of health insurance but reduce the lump sum to $5,000.

Lockheed Martin’s rotary and mission systems unit employs 35,000 staffers. 

The job cuts will also affect its Stratford-based subsidiary, Sikorsky.

But the aerospace company did not provide any details on the impact on its Connecticut operations.

Source: CT Insider

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