Raytheon Workers Protest Plan to Outsource Work

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Like other Wichita area aircraft manufacturers, Raytheon is planning to outsource some of its production work, but at the expense of drawing fire from its workers unions. The company is planning to outsource some work to foreign suppliers while the economic downturn persists. The company announced earlier this month that it is studying the capabilities of at least two companies in Mexico to make wire harnesses and panels, saying that the outsourcing is necessary to ensure long-term growth. This has caused an uproar from Raytheon employees who claim their livelihood is jeopardized by this latest cost-cutting move. A recent rally drew nearly 500 people to a Wichita area theater's parking lot. Carrying signs and chanting "USA! USA! USA!" the crowd of disgruntled employees let it be known that they did not appreciate the company's tactics. Stay tuned to AVweb's Biz Av for updates on this developing story.