Sikorsky pulls back on shutdown-related furloughs
NEW YORK (AFP) - Sikorsky, maker of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, has dropped plans to furlough thousands of workers without pay because of the US government shutdown, a spokesperson said Sunday.
The United Technologies affiliate pulled back after the Pentagon announced it was recalling most of its estimated 400,000 furloughed civilian workers despite the shutdown.
"We're relieved that the temporary layoffs and further disruption have been avoided. Our focus now turns to restoring full production levels," the Sikorsky spokesman said.
The US government shut down on Oct 1 after the House and Senate, at loggerheads over a Republican measure to defund President Barack Obama's signature health care law, failed to pass a temporary spending measure to fund government operations at the start of a new fiscal year.