A thousand Pratt & Whitney employees are still waiting to learn the fate of their jobs. A decision on court action taken by the International Association of Machinists is expected shortly. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
In suing the jet engine maker, the union attempted to prove that the company’s plans to close repair plants in Cheshire and East Hartford put it in breach of its contract with workers. The contract stipulates that Pratt must make every reasonable effort to keep work in Connecticut. Management wants to move the jet engine repair work to Georgia and some to Singapore and Japan.
Judge Janet C. Hall who heard the case in U.S. District court in Bridgeport is expected to announce her decision. Last week, she asked for attorneys for the union and the company to appear before her to clarify questions. She indicated than that she might take some extra time to reach her ruling.
In 2000, the same judge ruled in favor of the union in a similar case. If she rules in favor of the company, the East Hartford plant could close by summer, with Cheshire following at the end of the year.
For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.