Vestas trims hours for Colorado workers
Vestas said it can't speculate how last week's extension of the Production Tax Credit will affect its workforce in Colorado.
Vestas Wind Systems is trimming hours for employees at another of its four Colorado wind turbine factories.
Vestas employees at a plant near Pueblo that makes towers for turbines will see their workweek sheared to 24 hours a week, beginning Jan. 14, the Greeley Tribune reported.
That's despite the fact that a wind-power tax credit whose threatened expiration was blamed for previous rounds of layoffs and reduced hours at Vestas plants was extended by Congress for another year.
Vestas said a month ago that it would reduce the hours of workers at its turbine-blade factories in Brighton and Windsor to 32 a week.
Hours are not affected at the Vestas nacelle plant in Brighton.
A state program called WorkShare will make up some of the money Vestas employees will lose from having their hours cut. WorkShare, a program of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, pays about 80 percent of what employees would have earned.
The company has said it's making the adjustment in hours to avoid having to trim more jobs. Vestas now has 1,100 plant workers in Colorado, down from a high of 1,700 a year ago.
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