ATK Space Systems laid off another 134 employees on Tuesday bringing the total to 2,100 it has lost since 2009 as the space shuttle program winds down and the future of the Ares rocket program remains in doubt. Spokeswoman Trina Patterson says the employees laid off were all given separation packages that include up to 26 weeks of severance pay, job help and other benefits. Patterson says this layoff is significantly smaller than the ones conducted in the past and, in her words, “we are getting closer to that skill mix we need for our future contracts.” Since 2009 ATK Systems has reduced its workforce by 45 percent and the company now has 2,400 employees.
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