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Lockheed Martin to furlough 3,000 due to shutdown
Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, has identified approximately 3,000 employees who will be furloughed on Monday because of the government shutdown, the global security and aerospace company said Friday.
The company employs 116,000 people worldwide and does a lot of work with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
As a result of the budget impasse between the House and the Senate, those particular Lockheed Martin employees are stymied because they need either a required government inspection, have received a stop-work order, or face a closed government facility where they can’t work.
“I’m disappointed that we must take these actions and we continue to encourage our lawmakers to come together to pass a funding bill that will end this shutdown,” Lockheed Martin CEO and President Marillyn A. Hewson said in a company statement.
“In an effort to minimize the impact of our employees, we are directing affected employees to use available vacation time so they can continue to receive their pay and benefits,” she said. “We hope that Congress and the administration are able to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”
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