Spirit Aerosystems

Crime and Courts
5:31 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

U.S. District Judge Blocks Appeal In Boeing Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A nine-year legal battle waged by former aircraft workers, who claim they lost their jobs because of their age, may have come to an end after a federal judge blocked their attorney from appealing the court's dismissal of their remaining claims because the paperwork was filed too late. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports...

The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked by the 2005 sale of Boeing's Wichita commercial operations to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems.

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Crime and Courts
3:48 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Federal Judge Dismisses Ageism Claims In Long-Running Lawsuit Against Boeing And Spirit

A federal judge has tossed out the remaining age discrimination claims in a long-running lawsuit against the Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said in a ruling on Wednesday that he was dismissing the claims of the remaining 26 plaintiffs as a sanction for their refusal to obey a court order to give their tax returns to the companies.

The ruling deals a major blow to litigation that has already spanned nine years.

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Community
11:35 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Federal Judge Sets Hearing In Lawsuit Against Spirit AeroSystems

A federal judge will hear arguments next month on whether to block Spirit AeroSystems from selling off its fabrication operations or laying off workers.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree set an Oct. 8th hearing in Topeka over a lawsuit the Machinists union's filed against Spirit.

The suit says the Machinists gave up the right to strike and accepted pay cuts and smaller wage increases in a 10-year contract negotiated in 2010. It says that in exchange, Spirit agreed to maintain major manufacturing operations in Wichita.

Crime and Courts
8:48 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Mark Lankford Pleads Guilty To Stealing Over $500K From Spirit And Fiber Glass Systems

Wichita maintenance technician Mark Lankford has pleaded guilty to selling equipment he stole from two Wichita companies where he worked.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Kansas says Lankford pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud.

He admitted stealing equipment from Spirit Aerosystems and Fiber Glass Systems.

Prosecutors say he made more than $150,000 from selling the stolen equipment.

Lankford was an equipment maintenance technician for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita from October 2010 to Sept. 5, 2011.

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Business
5:33 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Appeals Court Sides With Spirit In Labor Dispute

A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Spirit AeroSystems in a labor dispute stemming from the way the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker evaluates employee performance.

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Business
1:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems Lays Off 150 Salaried Workers

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Spirit Aerosystems continued downsizing Thursday by laying off about 150 salaried and management employees in Wichita.

In addition to the layoffs, the company says a "significant number" of salaried employees have expressed interest in voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff programs.

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Aircraft
5:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Spirit Announces More Job Cuts

Aircraft parts maker Spirit Aerosystems plans to cut more jobs at its plant in Wichita, starting in September.

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Business
11:27 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems To Shed Oklahoma Operations, Postpones Earnings Report

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Spirit AeroSystems Holdings shares sank Tuesday after the aircraft parts maker said it would postpone filing its second-quarter earnings report and plans to shed its operations in Oklahoma.

The Wichita-based airplane manufacturer has gone through a number of major changes recently, including adding CEO Larry Lawson in March. Lawson warned investors in May that the company would do a "comprehensive evaluation" of the development programs in Tulsa, Okla., Wichita, Kan., Kinston, N.C., and St. Nazaire, France.

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Business
1:21 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems Confirms 360 Layoffs In Kansas, Oklahoma

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Spirit Aerosystems has confirmed that it is laying off 360 salaried support and management employees in both its Kansas and Oklahoma locations.

The company said in a news release Thursday that this is a "strategic move to make the company more competitive in a cost-sensitive environment." It says the reductions are designed to "reduce overhead costs, increase efficiency, and drive improved performance."

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