Northrop Grumman to cut jobs at Cherry Point

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 03:03 PM.

Unless something happens to change it, Northrop Grumman will "permanently terminate the employment" of 89 employees at the Cherry Point’s Tactical Training Range.

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc. warned in a May 24 letter to the N.C. Department of Commerce that "based on the best information to the company at this time, it plans terminations at the facility at 6th Avenue, MCAS Cherry Point."

The job cuts are expected to start around July 22, according to a letter from West Jarmulowicz, Northrop program director, to Russell Doles, manager of the Governor’s Rapid Response Team.

"The company does not recognize ‘bumping rights’ that would allow an employee to displace another employee based on seniority," Jarmulowicz said, calling the terminations part of "organizational restructuring."

Roger Shackleford, assistant secretary for the commerce department, received a notice of the layoffs required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

A copy of the letter was also sent to state and regional workforce development personnel including those at Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board.

Sources said the range would still operate, but it was unclear whether or not another company has the contract for part of the activities. 

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