Bell Helicopter says the 30 workers who were laid off could eventually be placed into other positions at the company.
Bell spokesman Thomas Dolney said the company initially cut 42 hourly positions, but 12 of those employees were placed into other jobs in the company.
He said the 30 people who were laid off could eventually be placed into other positions at Bell.
A member of the United Auto Workers Local 218 bargaining unit, Gary Livingston, said even saving the 12 employees effectively means a loss of positions "because somebody else would have been hired" to fill them.
Bell Helicopter's parent company is Rhode Island-based Textron Inc.