Army Fleet Support Could Lay Off 250-300 Workers

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Up to 300 Army Fleet Support workers could be out of a job by the end of this week.

AFS contracts with Fort Rucker to maintain helicopters and other flight equipment.

The International Association of Machinists has not issued exact numbers on the layoffs yet.

The U.S. Army is cutting about 49,000 flying hours for 2014, a 20% reduction from the current fiscal year.

Cutbacks in flying hours, unfortunately, also mean cutbacks in manpower at AFS. The bargaining unit and management department, in particular, will be impacted.

The first round of notices will go out as early as next week.

This does not mean any army civilians on base will lose their jobs. These are workers at army fleet support only.

The International Association of Machinists plans to hold a press conference tomorrow, where more details will be released.

AFS is proposing to have all laid-off employees off base by Christmas. If the layoffs do go into effect, it will be the third time this year for the company.

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