Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
The AFS Grievance Negotiating Committee (GNC) met today with L-3/AFS Company representatives to discuss the upcoming projected reduction in our workforce.
The Company informed your GNC that the United States Army/Fort Rucker will be reducing approximately 49,000 flying hours from the original 250,000 for Fiscal Year 2014. The Statement of Work/Contractual requirements between L3/AFS and the Army state that the Company’s manpower authorization is predicated upon the flying hour program.
Due to this reduction in flying hours, the projected reduction in manpower (Bargaining Unit and Management) will be approximately 250 to 300 employees, incrementally, with the first round of notices being issued as early as next week. In an effort to maximize the number of work days for our members who are being affected by this layoff, the GNC has proposed that the Company make the effective date of all employees who will be laid off the last day of work prior to the Christmas Exodus. The Company has agreed to consult with the customer on delaying the effective date of the layoffs and the feasibility of an early retirement program.
The projected 250 to 300 employees subject to layoff may increase or decrease as final analysis of the requirements is determined by the Army and AFS. The exact number of bargaining unit employees, by classifications, to be reduced is still being reviewed by the Company.
Please contact your State and Federal Representatives and let them know about this upcoming layoff. Tell them to keep the flying hour program at its original budgeted number, tell them that we provide critical services in support of and to the defense of our nation.
Your AFS GNC will continue to work hard with the Company to minimize the effects of this layoff.
Grievance Negotiating Committee