Lockheed Martin Workers Brace for Furloughs - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Lockheed Martin Workers Brace for Furloughs



    Lockheed Martin Workers Brace for Furloughs
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    A sign at the main entrance of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, TX.

    About 2,400 Lockheed Martin workers nationwide will find out if they're furloughed on Monday morning as the government shutdown continues.

    The defense contractor has two facilities in North Texas: one in Fort Worth, the other in Grand Prairie. Neither will be impacted by the furloughs, company spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

    “As a result of Secretary Hagel’s announcement that most of the nearly 400,000 civilian Department of Defense (DOD) employees have been deemed essential for national security, Lockheed Martin will reduce the number of employees who will be affected by government shutdown today. The Department of Defense’s decision will not eliminate the impact of the government shutdown on the company’s employees and the business. The company will still have approximately 2,400 employees unable to work because the civil government facility where they perform their work is closed, or we’ve received a stop-work order on their DOD or civil government program.  Of the 2400 employees, approximately 2100 work on civilian agency programs and 300 work on DOD programs. The affected employees are located in 27 states, with the majority based in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. 

    Lockheed Martin will work closely with our customers to support the return of DCMA inspectors, and other DOD civilian customers, as they resume their important work on many of our programs. We continue to urge Congress and the Administration to come to an agreement that funds the government as soon as possible.”

    Lockheed said it will be forced to send even more employees home if the shutdown drags on.