Skip to comments.Judge: Pratt Can't Move Jobs Out of Conn.
Posted on 02/06/2010 5:03:39 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A federal judge in Connecticut has sided with a Machinists union in its legal fight to block jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney from moving 1,000 jobs out of the state.
U.S. District Judge Janet Hall issued a permanent injunction Friday, stopping the company's plans to shift the jobs to Columbus, Ga., Japan and Singapore.
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I would be most interested to learn more about this decision. Any CT Freepers here with insights?
Maybe a tax cut, rather than an injunction?
When will the unions realize THEY are the reason Pratt is moving out of Connecticut?
Pratt used to employ over 75,000 people in Connecticut
Pratt now employs less than 5000
over 80% of all Pratt Engines are made in Poland and China and I hear Indonesia now
They moved the machines, the programming and hired foreign labor to do it all. That is what all other Engine makers did, too. In order to compete.
But if you ever worked inside Pratt, you wouldn’t blame the competition, you would blame the Unions: PWA no longer meant Pratt Whitney Aircraft, it meant PEOPLE WITH ATTITUDES or PEOPLE WALKING AROUND...doing nothing
I worked at the Middletown Plant during their last strike for 18 days in 2002. Production went up 50% that month...DURING THE STRIKE! I got that from one of the supervisors.
“It [The lawsuit] accused Pratt & Whitney of failing to comply with the contract that required it to do everything possible to preserve the jobs.”
It would be interesting to see the specific language of the contract here. “Do everything possible” seems like an awfully vague standard.
Company held Hostage by Unions. The sme thing is hapenning in France. I think the Union even kidnapped some of the owners.
The Unions are now all about benefits without responsibility.
Pratt and Whitney dissolving in 3. . .2. . . 1. . .
No but the unions can force them to the brink of bankruptcy and the state can tax what's left to death. Sounds fair.
yup, one of their options now is to just close putting all 3700 out of work. Unions, gotta love ‘em..
America has died...
Obviously, Judge Janet Hall has not read “Atlas Shrugged” - this will not end well.
Wow! I had no idea.
I worked for "Research" from 1968-71. Back then, P&WA and UAC was Connecticut's largest employer. I guess the State is now.
CHINA??? That's scary!
If I were an executive of the company, this would be the final straw. I would follow the contract to the letter ... “preserving” those jobs for the remaining weeks or months until the final day of the contract ... and then close the plant and put an end to all corporate operations in CT. The union is the cause of the job losses, and they are the enemy of the company. Pratt has to sever all ties with this union and with a state that believes it has the right to issue orders of this nature, and if that means losing some good workers, that may be the price of preserving their private property rights.
And just how does a judge enforce such an illegal order?
That won’t stand up on appeal unless the contract specifically states the steps the company has to take to save jobs and it can be proved that the company did not take them.
So what are we to do. We complain if we ship the jobs over seas or to another state and then complain again if we fight to keep them?
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