Lockheed to furlough 3,000 workers due to U.S. shutdown

Fri Oct 4, 2013 2:30pm EDT

Workers can be seen on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas in this October 13, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin. REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Randy A. Crites/Handout

Workers can be seen on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas in this October 13, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin.

Credit: Reuters/Lockheed Martin/Randy A. Crites/Handout

(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said about 3,000 employees would be furloughed on Monday due to the U.S. shutdown.

The company said the number of employees was expected to increase every week if the shutdown continued.

Lockheed said the furloughed employees include those who work at government facilities that have closed and those whose work requires a government inspection that cannot be completed.

A political standoff over the U.S. budget has shut down non-essential government services and hurt companies that rely on federal employees and funding.

"I'm disappointed that we must take these actions and we continue to encourage our lawmakers to come together to pass a funding bill that will end this shutdown," Lockheed Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson said.

(Corrects first graph to say 3,000 employees would be furloughed on Monday, not from Monday)

(Reporting by Rohit T. K. in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)

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Comments (4)
WhyMeLord wrote:
Lockheed is in the business of making evil WMD’s, pure and simple.
They hide behind our flag while selling to any country with cash.
They are a big, highly profitable company with no moral compass.
They exist on blood money, and reward their stock-holders handsomely.
The 3,000 referred to are non-essential, why are taxpayers concerned?
We should be glad they’re furloughed, and should look forward to more.
Hopefully, they’ll end up in homeless shelters where they all belong.

Oct 04, 2013 3:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Loucleve2 wrote:
what absolute BS. Lockheed no doubt has a significant BACKLOG, and this is political grandstanding.

The Military-Industrial Complex speaks.

Oct 04, 2013 5:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZ1811 wrote:
If everyone believed as “whymelord” does we would all be speaking German or Japanese and all be wearing the same little brown shirts.

Idiotic is too nice a term. A homeless shelter would be better than living in the world the “…lord” is living in.

Oct 05, 2013 11:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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