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Boeing cutting jobs for 49 workers - technicians, sheet metal workers - at Ridley plant


FOLSOM, Pennsylvania — Boeing Co. has cut 49 more jobs at its plant in Ridley Township, near Philadelphia.

The (Pottstown) Mercury (http://bit.ly/1gBL9bP ) reports 40 aircraft technicians and nine sheet metal assemblers lost their jobs last month.

The plant, which employed about 6,200 people four years ago, now has about 4,700 workers.

The newspaper says the United Aerospace Workers Union Local 1069 recently informed its members of the cuts, which took effect June 19. The union says more job cuts may be coming.

The company says in a statement that "diligent management of the cost of our operation, including our staffing requirements, is crucial to ensuring the long-term viability of our business in the Delaware Valley region."

The company says the workers were offered a "voluntary separation process" but the union has called it "involuntary."

Information from: The Mercury, http://www.pottsmerc.com

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