ULA Lays off 48 Employees at Vandenberg

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)

United Launch Alliance (ULA) plans to lay off 48 employees that work for its operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. ULA launches Atlas V and Delta IV rockets from the coastal base.

“United Launch Alliance continues to transform our company to provide cost-effective solutions for our customers, while we maintain our focus on mission success,” spokeswoman Jessica Rye said in a written statement.

“As we announced last year, ULA would have two reductions in force, one in 2016, which was completed, and one in 2017 to accomplish our business goals. We hope to accomplish the majority of the 2017 reductions through voluntary layoffs….

The jobs will end June 1, according to the letter, and include both union and non-union employees. Layoffs are expected to be permanent.

Affected employees currently hold assorted jobs, including technicians and engineers.

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  • therealdmt

    Things are getting shaken up.

    Layoffs can’t be fun, so…

  • Jeff2Space

    Layoffs can be demoralizing even for the people who still have jobs. There can be a feeling of dread, like the axe is looming over your head too.

  • therealdmt

    I bet. I’ve never experienced it myself (a company I worked for having to do layoffs). I did work at a place once though that was quick with the firing trigger. The applicable word there was ‘fear’. And upset — can’t forget upset.

  • duheagle

    No, layoffs aren’t fun. I’ve been laid off a number of times in my life. There was a roughly 10-year stretch in the 90’s and early oughts where every damned “ship” I served on, including some that were nationally-known dreadnaughts, was torpedoed or hit a mine within a year or so of my signing on. I spent way too much time in the water. I only know of one of those former employers that is still a going concern. Markets are Darwinian.

    But stasis is not an option, to coin a phrase. And when even captains and entire ships are at risk, there are no completely secure berths for any of the lower ranks either.

    ULA has come under fire from a newer, faster and better-armed opponent. She’s been holed and is taking on water. Capt. Bruno is doing the best he can to continue fighting his ship as he repairs damage and controls flooding, but casualties are inevitable. Watertight doors must be secured no matter who is in the flooded compartments. Whether the good ship ULA will live to make port again is still very much an issue in doubt. Personally, I hope it does. But there is already a considerable butcher’s bill and more names will certainly be added to it before, if ever, the good ship ULA is able to return to combat on anything like survivable terms.

  • Arthur Hamilton

    SpaxeX and Blue Origin are hiring. They should’ve already submitted their resumes.

  • publiusr

    Still, I like to see as many folks employed as possible. They are a constituency–and we stand to lose perishable tribal knowledge.