NASA contractor United Space Alliance layoffs 54 employees in Houston


The United Space Alliance, NASA’s largest shuttle contractor, filed paperwork to lay off 54 Houston-area employees associated with NASA’s space shuttle program.

The company, which has laid off thousands of Houston employees within the past two years, first announced the 54 Houston layoffs in September. The layoffs will go into effect Jan. 13, 2012.

“Every quarter we’ve been doing layoffs, and our process is to announce it at the beginning of the quarter,” said Kari Fluegel, spokeswoman for USA.

As NASA’s shuttle program is winding down, USA’s layoffs are going up. Fluegel said the company had 9,500 employees in October of 2009, but it now has less than 3,000.

“Not all of those have been layoffs, but a good portion of them have been,” she said. “We have laid off roughly two-thirds of our workforce.”

Fluegel expects to see another round of layoffs in April 2012 when more work and funding is completed for the shuttle program.

Employees who have been laid off receive severance packages varying on their time of employment with the company. Employees with specialized skills are part of a retention program in which they receive an additional stipend.

USA is also working with the Texas Workforce Commission    to give laid off employees access to resume development and job training services.

The United Space Alliance    , NASA’s largest shuttle contractor, filed paperwork to lay off 54 Houston-area employees associated with NASA’s space shuttle program.

The company, which has laid off thousands of Houston employees within the past two years, first announced the 54 Houston layoffs in September. The layoffs will go into effect Jan. 13, 2012.

“Every quarter we’ve been doing layoffs, and our process is to announce it at the beginning of the quarter,” said Kari Fluegel, spokeswoman for USA.

As NASA’s shuttle program is winding down, USA’s layoffs are going up. Fluegel said the company had 9,500 employees in October of 2009, but it now has less than 3,000.

“Not all of those have been layoffs, but a good portion of them have been,” she said. “We have laid off roughly two-thirds of our workforce.”

Fluegel expects to see another round of layoffs in April 2012 when more work and funding is completed for the shuttle program.

Employees who have been laid off receive severance packages varying on their time of employment with the company. Employees with specialized skills are part of a retention program in which they receive an additional stipend.

USA is also working with the Texas Workforce Commission    to give laid off employees access to resume development and job training services.

Source: Biz Journals