The Bloomberg reported on Oct 7, 2013, that Black Hawk helicopters maker, United Technologies canceled plans to furlough around 4,000 workers.
The sixth-largest contractor of U.S. government had planned initially to put 2,000 workers at its Sikorsky Aircraft unit and another 2,000 workers at the Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems on leave beginning Oct 7. But now Pentagon has asked the employees, sent home in the federal shutdown to be put back to work.
On Oct. 5 the Pentagon said that of the 350,000 workers furloughed last week 90 percent or more will be coming back, including inspectors who review the contract work.
United Technologies is the first top military contractor to reverse furloughs. However other suppliers like Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), hadn’t yet called off plans to put staff on leave as of Oct 6.
Chicago-based Boeing Co. (BA), the No. 2 contractor, has said last week that it may begin “limited furloughs” this week.
United Technologies in an e-mailed statement said that the company greatly appreciates the efforts of the administration and Congress who facilitated the recall of furloughed civilian employees.
Undersecretary of defense, Robert Hale, had said on Oct. 5 that he had cannot provide estimates on the number of civilian defense employees who would remain off the job during the shutdown.
Hale told reporters on conference calls that they haven’t solved all the problems and still hope Congress will act very quickly to end the shutdown.