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Boeing Program Production Suspension Extended

New Update: Boeing Program Production Suspension Extended

On Sunday, April 5, Boeing announced an extension of the temporary shutdown of its operations in Washington state.

As a result of the customer’s announcement, Spirit is assessing the re-start of our Boeing programs that was planned for April 8.

On Monday, April 6, Spirit will continue to operate as it has since the company suspended most of its Boeing operations:

  • Operations in support of our defense customers, Airbus and other growth programs will continue with those employees working their regular schedules
  • Employees working on the 787 Program and those called back for other work on site, should continue reporting to work
  • Employees who have been working from home should continue to do so as well
  • Employees who were sent home when Spirit suspended work on Boeing programs and have not been reporting to work, should remain at home.

We will have further announcements tomorrow about work over the coming weeks once we have discussed the situation with our customer.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this extremely difficult and challenging time.

To view the announcement, click on tis link: Boeing Extends Temporary Suspension of Puget Sound Production Operations


April 3, 2020 - Boeing Program Production Return-to-Work

Spirit AeroSystems employees at our Wichita, Tulsa, McAlester and San Antonio sites affected by the two week suspension of Boeing production work are instructed to return to work on Wednesday, April 8 to support the restart of operations on the Boeing programs.

During this time, we have taken a number of actions to ensure the safety of our employees including thorough and ongoing enhanced cleaning of workspaces, addition of signage to floors and work areas as reminders of social distancing expectations, closure of conference rooms, and implementing new seating arrangements in cafés. We have removed the need to clock in and out during this time, and employees should simply report directly to their work area each day

Employees who can work from home, including those supporting Boeing programs, should continue to do so. Those who cannot work remotely will return to their designated site and program either on the evening on April 7 for 3rd shift or on April 8 for 1st and 2nd shifts. Any employees who have a general concern about their safety when returning to work should contact their manager or HR business partner prior to their scheduled return.

Please note: If you are an employee that has tested positive for COVID-19, been treated by a healthcare professional as a presumed positive case or had direct contact with an individual with a confirmed or presumed case, you should review the CDC guidelines before returning to work: Disposition of Home Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 | CDC. If you believe that you do not meet the requirements to return to work, please contact your manager immediately.

We continue to work with our customers to determine what impact recent events will have on the production schedule for 2020.

Thank you for your patience, cooperation and support of one another as we navigate through this very extraordinary and unprecedented time. Our top priority remains the health and safety of our employees, their families and the communities where we work and live. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate as openly and transparently as we as possible during this challenging time.

NOTE TO WICHITA IAM-REPRESENTED EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATING IN THE VRP: Wichita IAM-represented employees on the two week suspension participating in the VRP will continue to remain at home and Spirit will provide compensation and benefits through the retirement date requested on your signed paperwork. We recognize this action advances your planned departure date, so Spirit will make arrangements for you to return to the site, when appropriate, to say goodbye to your coworkers and friends. As you near your chosen retirement date, Spirit will also communicate the process to formally exit as an employee of Spirit.

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