Layoffs to follow holiday furloughs at Honeywell; whisteblower says 1K Valley workers will lose jobs

PHOENIX - There's devastating news just before one of the most expensive times of the year for many families, as Honeywell Aerospace warns employees layoffs will follow holiday furloughs.

According to an internal email, workers can volunteer to leave by early December and then a portion of the workforce will be let go by January and will be offered severance packages.

A whistleblower tells ABC15 of the employees in the Valley who will be impacted the first to go will be those who've been written up by a manager in the past for varying reasons as part of a performance improvement plan.

The employee, who has asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, says some who are believed likely to lose their jobs are just a couple years away from qualifying for their pension.

"What could save them is if someone in the group who's close to retirement would take the golden parachute and leave," said the whistleblower. 

The email comes on the heels of another company wide email that went out to about 10,000 Arizona employees informing them of five-day furloughs that will starting after Thanksgiving.

“They're devastated, some had plans for that money. Everyone has bills right and some are paycheck to paycheck," the whistleblower said. “It’s not looking good, this will ruin Christmas.”

According to the email, engineering and technology employees will be excluded from the furlough.

The company says defense spending is down and the moves are meant to save it from bigger losses in the long run.

In a statement released to ABC15 Friday, a Honeywell spokesman said:

We are reducing a very small level of employees in select departments, in about the 1-2 percent range. We also continue to hire in other parts of our business.  We will prioritize attrition, voluntary separation and back-filling the open positions, and offer eligible affected employee job placement services and related compensation and benefits.

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