Pratt & Whitney's CT IAM-Represented Employees Approve New Contract

Dec 05, 2010, 15:26 ET from Pratt & Whitney

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- IAM members of Locals 700, 1746 and 1746A of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), representing hourly employees at Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, East Hartford and Cheshire, ratified a new three-year labor agreement today. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

The agreement covers more than 3,400 employees in Middletown, East Hartford and Cheshire and is effective, December 6, 2010.

As a part of the agreement, the Cheshire facility and the Connecticut Airfoil Repair Operations (CARO) will close in the coming year. A plant-closure agreement has been negotiated in an effort to ease the disruption to our employees' lives.

David Hess, president, Pratt & Whitney said, "While the world-wide economic and competitive realities dictate no choice but to close Cheshire and CARO, our plan and this agreement accomplishes this in a very compassionate and responsible way." Hess said, "We had very difficult issues on the table. In the end we worked together to deliver a new contract that treats our employees fairly and helps secure the company's future competitiveness. This is a good outcome for Pratt & Whitney and our employees."

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

Bryan Kidder, media relations manager, Pratt & Whitney

860-502-9892  (Cell) 

860-565-9600  (P&W Communications) 

860-557-1293 (Office)

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