Skip to comments.Sikorsky furloughs 2,000 amid shutdown (CT)
Posted on 10/02/2013 10:07:16 PM PDT by 11th_VA
The federal government shutdown has forced Sikorsky Aircraft to take the drastic action of furloughing about 2,000 of its workers as of next Monday.
In a statement released late Wednesday afternoon, the company said the inability of Congress and the White House to reach a federal budget agreement and end the government shutdown has severely hampered its ability to manufacture and support helicopters used by the military.
"As a result of the government shutdown, we have no choice but to furlough approximately 2,000 employees across the enterprise, effective Monday, if a budget agreement is not reached and the government shutdown ended before then," said Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson, in a prepared statement.
Besides the Stratford operation, the furlough will affect facilities in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Troy, Ala. If the shutdown continues through next week, the company, which has about 8,500 employees in Connecticut, said it will have to furlough an additional 1,000 employees.
"As we stated earlier this week, we could manage the impact of a shutdown for a short time, but would not be able to sustain production for any extended period without an adverse impact," Jackson said.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., whose district includes the Sikorsky plant in Stratford, blasted Republicans in Congress for the action that Sikorsky, a unit of Hartford-based United Technologies, was forced to take.
"The disastrous implications of the reckless Republican shutdown are quickly being felt in Connecticut," DeLauro said in an email. "Unless the Republicans end this self-inflicted crisis soon, nearly half of Sikorsky's hourly workforce will be furloughed with more to come, causing great harm to them and their families. The political games must end to keep these hard-working men and women on the job, prevent further pain for working families and end the damage it is inflicting on our economy."
Onoz! Maybe the’ll have to sell to the government’s bosses instead of the government.
Ahh, yes, people following the liberal whip. Must make the refusal of Senate Democrats to approve the continuing resolution (and continue to cover up the lack of passing a federal budget) as painful as possible.
And of course, a defense contractor is SOOOO tight on budget that they have NO play whatsoever and thus must immediately furlough employees.
Donkey droppings. Even if they were so tight, I can’t think of a bank on the planet who wouldn’t be stepping up to the plate with a bag full of money with the assurance ‘just pay it back after this is all over with...’
I wonder how many companies are going to openly display their allegiance to the liberals.
Rep. Rosa de Lauro is a marxist so I hope that the voters hang her in the public square. As nasty a commie bitch as Maxine Waters and the late Bella Abzug.
For some serious information and photos of her Communist Party USA (and other red affiliations), see Trevor Loudon’s new, massive book “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the US Congress”, 2013, www.pacificfreedomfoundation.org.
She is one nasty red piece of work.
Rosa really is a disgusting creature.While watching CSpan on Saturday I watched as she sat waiting to give a speech during the debate on the CR.She sat there chewing on her fingernails for 5 minutes.She really is disgusting and she doesn’t care.
The whole northeast is undergoing “Detroitification”, and nobody deserves it more (and I live here).
Thanks for properly using “red.”
For eighty years the color red was associated with the radical left, from the beginnings of Russian Bolshevism to the fall of the USSR.
Some media type recently flipped a switch, a now “red” is synonymous with constitutionalists? Some twit can change history?
Not a chance. Red means leftist/democrat.
Blue has meant patriotic Americans since our revolution and forever will.
Money has nothing to do with it.
There are no DCMA inspectors left working to accept the equipment for the Government and there are no fielding teams left working to get the equipment set up for issue.
Sikorski cannot store every aircraft coming off the line indefinately. They can keep building FMS military aircraft now but that is about it.
Also most PM’s have been cut to the bone therefore the personnel who handle the complicated procedure of turning equipment over to a unit are probably no longer able to work. That Blackhawk or Seahawk must remain the “property” of the PM who paid for it until it is officially handed over (fielded) to a unit.
Then the place went nuts. Instead of worrying about keeping manufacturing and controlling growth, the state put in an income tax and relied on casino revenue. It lost its identity and soul.
I went home for that 50th HS reunion, and was sickened by what a pathetic mess it had become. Without those Sikorsky jobs, it'll get even worse.
The same thing happened in my town (about 10 miles west of Midtown in NJ); a great place to grow up, now the jobs are gone and the Americans with them.
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