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Sperry Marine to Layoff 50 in Charlottesville

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According to a Sperry Marine spokesperson, about 50 people will lose their jobs in Charlottesville.

The spokesman said, Sperry needed to eliminate 800 positions, and announced the layoffs back in October.

More than 300 employees chose to participate in a voluntary reduction program. About 400 layoffs are being announced company-wide Tuesday. That includes the 50 at Sperry's Maritime Systems Business Unit in Charlottesville that will find out Tuesday.

Thirty people lost jobs there last month. These employees will work through January 31, and receive separation benefits and out- placement assistance.




"In October of last year, employees were informed of plans to eliminate a total of an estimated 800 positions at our Electronic Systems sector facilities in Maryland and several other states by the end of January.  These workforce reductions are based on the current business outlook for Electronic Systems and the anticipation of further defense spending reductions.  In an attempt to mitigate the impact on employees, we conducted a voluntary reduction program at many of our sector locations across the U.S. in which more than 300 eligible employees chose to participate.  However, the number of volunteers did not reduce our headcount to the extent required in all of the areas where we have an insufficient amount of work.  As a result, we must undertake an involuntary reduction totaling about 400 positions, including about 50 at our Naval and Marine Systems Division in Charlottesville, Va.  All affected individuals are being notified today, with their last work day being January 31.  Employees impacted by the workforce reduction will receive all separation and other benefits for which they are entitled and the company will also provide outplacement assistance to help those who will be seeking other employment including at other Northrop Grumman facilities."




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