Sikorsky Shedding 600 Jobs, Mostly In Stratford

"Our community will suffer greatly from this loss," says state Sen. Kevin Kelly.

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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. Sikorsky, a division of United Technologies Corp., employs about 8,200 people in Connecticut.

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.

Walt February 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM
It's only a matter of time until the whole plant shifts operations to FL. I think that the strike a few years ago sealed the fate of Sikorsky and now is an opportune time for the company to begin it's exit strategy. CT is losing more people by percentage than any other state in the country. It is ranked as the worst state for retirees, property taxes are outright confiscatory and the states pension fund for the state employees is horribly underfunded which can only mean more tax increases to pay for the bloated employee pensions. Trying to get anything done when involving the state is a labyrinth of regulation and red tape. Try getting a project approved by DEEP. Go ahead. I dare you. The infrastructure is crumbling, the MTA and it's over paid employees are fleecing the populace without a care and the governor is only good at pompous statements, raising taxes and deciding what color tie to wear. Were it not for fairfield county and its proximity to the city CT would have gone the way of Detroit and been declared bankrupt.
Theresa February 23, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Excellent comment by Walt and totally on the mark. Amidst word of UTC trying to sell off the company as a whole, I think they see the lightened employee number as a positive toward the sale. There is little reason to reduce the numbers considering the large contract award. As a liberal, progressive Democrat, I am totally disgusted with Malloy's operation of the state. Better under Rell. I suspect they are blind and delusional in Hartford.
Beetle Bailey February 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM
It's because of you liberal, progressive Democrats that the state and country are going down the toilet. Wake up please.
Theresa February 23, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Yes it is all our fault. Let's roll back the clock to voodoo economics, an unfunded war and the 2008 stock market crash. Problem with folks like you is that you don't like it when a liberal takes your side, you still have to pick a fight. Try sticking to the topic.
Paul Tavaras February 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM
I'm with you, Theresa, the right- wingers have decimated our country. Now one of their own is looking for brownie points, claiming his priority is helping these soon-to-displaced employees. How're you going to do that Sen. Kelly? Your party continuously votes against extending unemployment benefits. You and your party calls them entitlements, 'free stuff', etc. these people, through no fault of their own, are about to join too many others in suffering job losses. All this, even though they've acquired a 9 figure contract! Our president has a jobs bill, that's been sitting on the desk going on 5 years now! Because of the hatred of his race, the right winged nit wits are purposely thwarting any effort to get our country working again. How many more examples are needed to convince everyone to vote out these union busting, bigots?


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