Job Insecurity in New Orleans as Constellation Decision Looms

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President Obama may effectively decide how long most of the jobs at Michoud stay in place.

A presidential commission will issue its final report in coming weeks and could recommend an extended life for the space shuttle program.

Amidst that backdrop, Senator David Vitter, R-Louisiana, hosted a public forum at the NASA assembly facility in New Orleans East, a gathering that drew a room full of anxious engineers.

“I want to stay in New Orleans but it’s hard to find jobs,” said Matthew Stiegler, a Lockheed-Martin employee whose father worked in both the Apollo and Shuttle programs at Michoud.

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