NEW YORK — Helicopter maker Sikorsky will not furlough 2,000 workers as planned Monday as Pentagon inspectors are expected back on the job at the company’s production facilities despite the US government shutdown.
The Connecticut-based company said last week it would furlough 2,000 workers Monday, Oct. 7, and up to 1,000 more by the end of the week because Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) inspectors were being furloughed themselves due to the shutdown, which began on Oct. 1.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday that the majority of the 350,000 DoD civilians being furloughed due to the shutdown would be recalled to work Monday.
Pentagon comptroller Bob Hale said that the Pay Our Military Act — which Congress passed on Sept. 30 just hours before the government shuttered its doors — would allow many DoD civilians who perform essential activities to come back to work.
“We will be bringing those inspectors back under [the Pay Our Military Act] I hope soon and we will be able to start the inspections,” at production plants that churn out helicopters, ground vehicles, and everything else that keeps the military humming, Hale told reporters on Saturday.
Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson in an email said the company furloughs were canceled since the since inspectors would be back.
Sikorsky builds the Black Hawk helicopter, which is flown by the US military and many of its allies.