Allied's salaried staff in Towson offered buyouts Unspecified number to be gone by September

August 01, 1996|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Salaried workers at the AlliedSignal Communications Systems plant in Towson were notified yesterday that an unspecified number of them will be losing their jobs by the end of the month.

Alan Dietrich, vice president and general manager of the Joppa Road defense plant called the approximately 500 members of the management staff into a meeting at 9 a.m. and asked that some accept a voluntary separation plan.

The work force reduction will be "under 10 percent" of the management staff, said Maria Trintis Stamas, a spokeswoman for the plant, who declined to be more specific.

Word of the work force reduction comes less than a week after company officials said the Towson plant and AlliedSignal's Technical Services division in Columbia, which has about 3,000 workers, would not be affected by a corporate restructuring that is expected to eliminate 3,200 jobs over the next two years.

Trintis Stamas said the reduction at Towson is not connected with the corporate restructuring announced last week by AlliedSignal Chairman and Chief Executive Lawrence A Bossidy.

She said the reduction is due to delays in orders from government programs such as the plant's production of parts used in the Patriot missile.

She said there has also been a delay in the government's awarding of new contracts that the plant has bid on and that the current sales level at the plant was too low to support the work force.

Employees were also told also that if not enough workers accept the call for voluntary separation, the company would have to consider other actions to reduce the ranks of its engineering, administrative, support, finance and contract staff at the end of the month.

Trintis Stamas declined to say what steps might be taken.

She said the separation plan will not apply to the plant's production workers, which account for the other 500 workers at the Towson plant.

In January the Towson plant announced the layoffs of 160 workers. The action fell evenly between hourly workers -- primarily factory production line employees -- and salaried people.

That reduction was also blamed on a decline in sales.

According to Trintis Stamas, workers accepting the voluntary separation will be offered the same severance package presented to those laid off earlier this year. She said the company will have an out-placement center to help former employees find new jobs.

Pub Date: 8/01/96

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