Big NASA Contractor Announces Shuttle Layoffs

Up to 400 Houston-Area workers at NASA's largest Space Shuttle contractor will be without jobs, effective in October. That word from United Space Alliance, which says it's laying-off 15-percent of its shuttle workforce in three states, including Texas. Jack Williams reports.
The Texas layoffs will mostly affect workers at Johnson Space Center who are involved in the day-to-day operations of the Shuttle program. The layoffs will also affect up to 1000 United Space Alliance workers in Florida and Alabama. The Space Alliance's Kari Fluegel says with the end of the Shuttle program imminent, the layoffs or necessary, but not easy.

"Lay-offs are always a difficult time for anyone involved, but we're doing what we can. We're communicating as frequently as we can with our employees and providing them information and resources so they can make this transition as easily as possible."

Fluegel says employees will be given an opportunity to volunteer for layoffs between now and August. The last Space Shuttle Flight is set for early next year, although there is a possibility of a mission next summer. This is the third round of layoffs for United Space Alliance since October of last year.
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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...