Oct 3, 2013
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Thousands of Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Workers Could Be Furloughed

Thousands of Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Workers Could Be Furloughed

Thousands of workers at Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky aircraft could be furloughed if the federal government shutdown continues through the end of next week, officials at the aerospace companies’ corporate parent, United Technologies Corp., said Wednesday.

The reason for the furloughs is that federal Defense Contract Management Agency workers are no longer on the job. DCMA is a federal agency that does contract administration services with Department of Defense contractors like Pratt & Whitney and Sirkorsky. Paul Jackson, a spokesman for Stratford-based Sikorsky, said in a statement that DCMA workers are in multiple phases of the helicopter maker’s work for the DoD, including aircraft and parts inspection and the actual process of delivering the finished product.

“They’re part of every step of the process,” Jackson said of DCMA workers. “Without them there to review our work and approve, there’s nothing for our workers to do.”

Jackson said 2,000 Sikorsky employees will be furloughed Monday if a budget agreement is not reached and the government shutdown ended before then. If the shutdown continues through next week, he said an additional 1,000 employees will be furloughed.

Sikorsky has 16,000 employees, Jackson said. It was not immediately clear how many of the those furloughed at Sikorsky would be Connecticut-based workers, since the company also has workers in Florida and Alabama.

Pratt & Whitney and sister company UTC Aerospace Systems units also would be affected, bringing the total number of employees at UTC subsidiaries affected to above 4,000. The number of employees furloughed could exceed 5,000 between the two companies if the government shutdown continues into next month, John Moran, a UTC spokesman, said in a statement.

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Thousands of Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Workers Could Be Furloughed

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