FORT WORTH The looming sequestration threat is being felt by thousands of North Texas families, including many in Fort Worth.

Paul Black, president of the local aerospace union, said the majority of organized labor working at big defense and aerospace companies like Lockheed Martin are unsure what to think.

"Lots of questions... especially about what it means for them and their families," he said.

Lockheed laid off 68 employees on Monday. The company said the pink slips weren't related to sequestration.

But the changes do go to show an industry that already experienced plenty of ups and downs for employees doesn't need yet more uncertainty with sequestration.

The point isn't lost on the mayor's office.

"There could be a very significant impact," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

But she cautioned against too much speculation on any local impact, saying everything remains up the air.

That is how organizers at the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show are operating, too.

The White House said earlier this week that if cuts go into effect, a Blue Angels performance slated for the October show would be canceled.

"We're still moving full steam ahead," said president Tom Harris.

Annually, the show draws about 100,000 spectators. But that number largely depends on weather, and also what kind of jet show is being offered as the year's big draw.


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