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Sikorsky Shedding 600 Jobs, Mostly In Connecticut

"When a layoff of this scale occurs, it becomes clear that Connecticut is in trouble," a state senator says.

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More than 600 workers at Sikorsky Aircraft were notified Friday that they were being laid off.

The majority of the job losses will be at the company's facility in Stratford, Conn. Sikorsky, a division of United Technologies Corp., employs about 8,200 people in the state.

In making the announcement, Sikorsky cited “challenging and unstable economic conditions.”

"This workforce reduction will occur over the next several weeks and follow significant cost reduction actions that the company has already taken," Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson said in a statement, according to NBC Connecticut. "These decisions are always difficult to make but necessary to protect the company’s competitiveness and future."  

News of the layoff came a day after Sikorsky announced it had landed a $110 million maintenance and support services contract for more than 360 aircraft operated by the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA).

It also prompted reaction from state Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21), whose district includes Stratford. 

“I am extremely disappointed that Sikorsky will be eliminating so many jobs here in Connecticut. Hundreds of families will be negatively impacted by this decision, and my heart goes out to these individuals. Our community will suffer greatly from this loss."

“Right now my top concern is to help the displaced workers," Kelly said. "But we also must look at the bigger issues at play. Connecticut’s economy is suffering and our job market is shrinking. When a layoff of this scale occurs, it becomes clear that Connecticut is in trouble. If our employers cannot prosper, neither can our people.”

Kelly will be sending a letter to Department of Labor Commissioner Glen Marshall expressing his concerns and requesting that the department’s Rapid Response Team be dispatched to educate the workers about training opportunities, job search assistance and unemployment benefits, a release from the senator's office  states.

Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Yeah--so no one has the answers--but you know that he shouldnt provide incentives for companies to stay? Im not anti-company. Im fine that they are granted some tax relief. If you guys are anti company--then thats your perogative. When I hear the left cry about the rich paying "their fair share' when i think they already pay more than their fair share-to me its the same. The idea isnt that UTC isnt getting a break--to me they are subsidzing the rest of us-and now that subsidy is getting reduced. And the faction that needs to give is not the middle class, but the public unions that have seen their compensation rise in the last 15 years to levels that allow them to retire in their early 40's. To me--that's where the outrage should be. Not about a company who pays billions, finding some relief.
Harry February 27, 2014 at 04:11 PM
@Porter, No, that's it, this is their bed, THEY created the environment where no one can / wants do business here. Pratt is NOT subsidizing the taxpayers of CT. The TAXPAYERS are subsidizing Pratt buy being blackmailed into staying here in the state for a set number of years. It's so easy to say, some tax relief, sure if it was a handful of companies but Malloy has been handing out tax credits like candy-canes. Some is now tons. Malloy will save 600 jobs, heck say 1000 or 2000, but CT has 144,000 unemployed. 441,000 are collecting food stamps, CT is 40 BILLION dollars in debt. Raising the min wage will kill more jobs, any jobs worth under 10hr will be eliminated. I know it sound wonderful and ohhh these poor people deserve a living wage for unskilled labor done by illegals. The only thing that fixes this is if the state gets their greedy paws out of everyones pockets and let everyone who wants to be prosperous do so. We are regulated to death We are Taxed to death. How much did Pratt pay the state of CT last year in Tax revenue?
Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM
United Technologies will invest as much as 4.5 billion dollars in Connecticut over the next 5 years. They are collecting 400 mio in income credits. United Technologies expects to make net 6.3billion dollars in 2014 and 6.9 bio in 2015. Ct has a state corporate income tax of 7.5% meaning they pay in just corporate income tax about 500mio a year. (and will receive under 30 mio a year for the next 14 -meaning net the corporation will be paying Connecticut treasury net 470 million a year. Obviously their executives and employees also pay tax; also use services in Ct -which then leads to more business for many . Could you help me understand how you subsidize United Technologies? A company is not a person. They dont use education. Etc. Sounds like you think we would be all better off if these corporations left, and you stopped subsidizing them? You honestly think that if the top 30 corporations in Ct left you would have a smaller tax bill?
Harry February 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Porter, if the 7.5% rate is to high for theses specific companies, why isn't the rate reduced for all corporations in the state? Maybe I'm a bit confused on subsidies / credits, But wasn't part of the deal that we would be building new facilities for them? Who is paying for that? I don't want one business to leave the state nor do I believe that we should bribe anyone to stay. If the rate is to high for Pratt then it's too high for everyone. Is there anywhere we can find out the exact amount that Pratt paid to the state of ct for year 2013?
OpportunistWatch March 30, 2014 at 09:16 AM
While we see Sikorsky get hit with the recession and shed 100's of jobs, Joe Lieberman rode off into the Kibbutz with millions and Rosa & Stanley Greenberg is right behind him. And HERE is the scam by which she stuffs her pockets–with campaign money! “Federal campaign records reveal a self-dealing relationship between a senior Democratic Connecticut congresswoman [Rosa DeLauro] and her husband’s political consulting firm…the funds DeLauro donates to help the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]” ultimately re-enter her household through her husband’s business, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research “for polling and other services…It’s not just a conflict of interest, it just looks bad. It looks like she’s raising money and giving it to herself.” [No kidding!] “..Rosa DeLauro has established a persona of being a champion of the safety net while at the same time being a champion of amassing great wealth for herself and her husband [Stanley Greenberg] during her tenure in office.”

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