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.

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alex bell February 25, 2014 at 11:38 PM
The comments on this story are absurd! Folks are losing their jobs. There are no other similar opportunities in this state. The present administration has nothing to offer, except misleading and deceptive "statistics". There are two alternatives vote these idiots out or leave the state.
Eileen February 26, 2014 at 09:36 AM
@ John Barry...Instead of making childish comments, why don't you dispute what was said with facts. Oh,wait. You can't.....
Gerald M. Gaynor February 26, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Eileen, John Barry is an immature keyboard bully who thrives on those who respond to him. If you want to really annoy him don’t respond. As wise old man once advised me: “Don’t even bother to ignore him, he isn’t worth the effort…”
Joe Blow February 26, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Another wise man once said "Don't lower yourself to argueing with a fool, they will beat you every time with experience", or something to that effect.
Gerald M. Gaynor February 26, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Joe, I think the author of that one was a sometimes Connecticut resident, Mark Twain...
carol snyder February 26, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Gerald Gaynor let the moron spout off. I get a good laugh reading his assinine comments. We. All need some levity at times.
John Smith February 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM
LOL! Oh, Malloy buying more company loyalty with taxpayer funds amounting to $400 million in tax credits. What a victory! LOL! Like UBS and ESPN, the only way to get companies to stay here is to pay them to. I guess that's why CT ranks in the top ten most fiscally mismanaged states ( not to mention top ten highest taxes, top ten worst states for retirees, top ten most expensive states, top ten worst states in job creation, top ten worst states for business). Ok with me. I plan on leaving and taking my money with me!
Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Dude---so what do you think the general reason companies stay or move to states? How about slow down---and explain what should be done? The normal answer is to lower tax rates and make it more business friendly. That is what is occuring. But i'd be interested, john in hearing your general or specific plan?
Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM
buying loyalty with taxpayer funds---sounds almost like a liberal? no---they are tax credits. none of YOUR money , John, is being spent. Its a reduction in taxes owed by the company. The employees get no tax breaks so what is your complaint? This is the argument of the liberal when republican governors or presidents give tax credits. they are always crying about how THEY (the non-taxpayers) are getting screwed. Its absurd --as is your argument --even though its coming now from the right.
Harry February 27, 2014 at 09:40 AM
@porter- king Malloy picks winners, in the name of liberal looney toon fantasy land, if Pratt gets 400million in tax credits to stay here, than why aren't home owners given 100,000 in property tax credits to stay here for the next 10 years. Another thing, every time the corrupt governor issues tax credits he's admitting high taxes harm business , not to mention regulations. Ct is the worst state in the nation to retire, last in job creation and the only state with shrinking GDP. Who controls the state? And now the other king comes into town next week to promote the ct minimum wage economy... Golf clap to the loons.
Waterford Rez February 27, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Harry, all real good points. How many working families like mine and my kids does it take to pay for that $400 million? I friggin hate this state.
Harry February 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM
@waterford - I love this state, what I hate is what the people who run it have done to it. Poll after poll tells us people like you and I are in the majority on issues like oscare, taxes, immigration, yet when elections come around we always seem to lose, and here in ct it's some sanctuary city that puts the loons over the top. The only way we get things turned around is if we get a candidate that excites us and voter turn out. We have to have a huge turnout to compete with the democrats voter fraud machine. Did you know the min wage would be 14 15 dollars an hour right now if the dems weren't dumping millions of illegal unskilled workers into our economy. Wake up sleeping giant
Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Of course he picks winners. so do the other states. Some other state offers UTC a 350 mio dollar tax credit to move. What would you do if you were governor? This is the liberal argument you guys are waging. A company pays billions--and they lower the rate and you decide it affects you? If Warren Buffet moved to Ct and they offered him a better tax deal than me--id be happy. Yeah--its the way things work--especially with companies. YOu try to get them here and keep them here, because in the end we lose a ton of money when they leave. and the bigger the tax receipts that a person or company pays-the more they are being screwed. If warren buffett moves here and on his 10 figure income you think he uses the state police and education system more than you? You use it the same amount. Big tax payers should get special treatment. They subsidize the entire state.
Harry February 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Mr Buffett doesn't draw a salary and pays no income tax. Right, this is how things are run which results in over 200,000 tax paying residents leaving the state. You think save 600 jobs at Pratt and the tax payers footing the bill for new buildings is going to stop the exodus of ct's tax base moving out. I LOVE the argument , well if other states do it or if its something king Obama does that the majority is against the left looks for some republican that did the same thing as if that makes it "okay". Current Malloy policy's are putting the final nails in ct coffin, leaving us all no choice but to move to NC within the next 5 to 10 yrs.
John Smith February 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM
I have no problem giving tax credits to companies, the problem is that CT is can't afford it because they spend too much. Many of the other governors can afford to offer tax credits AND not punish the residents because they do a better job of running their finances. Cut spending and then give all the tax credits you want. Look, the facts are the facts and it's no secret that the state's finances are a national laughing stock.
Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Harry, John--Warren Buffet was used as a metaphor. The point simply being you want revenue to continue. Id rather have a huge company come here and pay tons of taxes and receive a kickback --than have them stay away. Mohegan Sun has that business model. They take your 1,000 dollars and give you a 15 dollar buffet. Harry, Im not saying that because other states do it, we should too. My point is that some other state will offer Pratt or GE or UBS or ESPN tax credits to leave and then what? We should say we cant afford to give them tax credits? Odd--I say we cant afford to allow them to leave. I'll ask again--insteaad of uttering platitudes that "malloy policies are putting final nails.." why not suggest what it is you think will retain and attract companies to Connecticut. I think youre going to have to include the concept of incentives--but maybe Im wrong--and instead of saying what doesnt work- you really should tell us all what will. Then we can discuss the merits of your plan. But please sir, go ahead tell me what it is you think will attract companies here.
Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM
The challenge for governments and businesses alike is to raise revunue and lower costs. Malloy , like all democrats, is loathe to lower expenses. After all, he then cant claim to be owed those votes where he reduced public union pensions or pay. There he fails. Lowering costs is something that is being done in lots of broke municiplalites. Unfortunately States cant declare bankruptcy--only municipalities can--but the model is similar. Malloy and the state legislature should lower the costs of police and public workers. I think there are 150 cops who make more than 125,000 a year in Stamford. THAT is the problem. Not giving a tax paying company some tax credits to remain here. They rely on public union vote to remain in office-so all these guys now making 150k can retire at age 42 because their pension allows them to make a ton-and go get a private sector job while we pay for more and more of these cases. And instead of addressing that--he raises taxes on 100 different things. That is the problem with Malloy. If he attracts 10 more UTC types --and increases net revenue even with some incentives--that is good for everyone. More jobs means more personal income tax --more corporate income tax. Watch them leave--and you net lose lots. Its simply recognizing the mobility that companies have these days. IN the old days they'd have to be near urban centers --not so with the today's technology. San Antonio Texas offers incentives. Nebraska--Virginia. If Ct wants to dig its heals in and not match the incentives--then we are doomed.
Harry February 27, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Benchmark a state that works, Wisconsin for example where they have a REAL surplus. Deal with the size of state gov. Meaning gut it. Start with 20% across the board, and I bet you , you can get that thru attrition. Reduce taxes , all of them. State also need to back off on education requirements that are burying municipalities in debt. Property taxes are INSANE in ct . Energy cost , gas , sales tax , taxing social security benefits . All of this is driving folks right out if the state. The thing with the unemployment benefits where Malloy taxes business owners 40 dollars a head retroactive for fed extension. I don't proclaim to have the answers, but getting the state in the right direction is as simple as looking back in time to see what works for the folks and not just what keeps the same legislators in power. Just want to add, Malloy has been the absolute worst Govenor CT has ever had. Elitist P&$@)
John Smith February 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM
We are in agreement with regards to spending. The pay and benefits that government and municipal employees receive is excessive. As a police officer friend of mine observed "it's like winning the lottery". I know several others retiring in their 40's or 50's with $70K+ a year pensions as well. The best part? Many move out of state and leave the rest of us here to pay for their lavish retirement down south. I am all for attracting business, but I'm afraid that as the state government has demonstrated, that even if you have loads of new companies moving in, the government will continue to waste any windfall rather than give any relief to taxpayers. When was the last time taxes went down? They only go up. In any case, CT appears to be doomed no matter what, which is why the solution for me will be to leave.
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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