December 3, 2001 |
Thousands of machinists at jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney on Sunday rejected a contract offer of a 10% pay raise over three years and voted to go on strike. The walkout, set to begin early this morning, would be the first at Pratt since 1985. "We're prepared to continue this process, whatever it takes to come up with a satisfactory contract," said James M. Parent, a spokesman for the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 91, which represents 5,100 employees.
January 22, 2000 |
Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney is eliminating 1,700 additional jobs, the vast majority of them at its Connecticut-based manufacturing plants. The cuts are in addition to the nearly 3,500 jobs the company has been in the process of eliminating since it started a major restructuring and consolidation effort in 1998. A Pratt spokesman cited a dramatic drop-off in demand for jet engines over the last three years as the major reason for the downsizing.
August 13, 1999 |
Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., said it will cut at least 1,500 jobs, or 5% of its work force, and move its military jet engine business from Florida to its East Hartford, Conn., home base in a broad restructuring to be completed by the end of 2000. In addition, the Sikorsky helicopter unit of United Technologies said it will move its S-76 helicopter operation from West Palm Beach, Fla., to an undecided location as part of a restructuring.
May 13, 1999 |
Computer Sciences Corp. won a $1.2-billion 10-year contract to manage computer and manufacturing systems for United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney jet engine unit. About 650 Pratt & Whitney employees at the engine maker's headquarters in East Hartford, Conn., and a plant in West Palm Beach, Fla., will transfer to Computer Sciences under the agreement.
April 10, 1999 |
An investigation into a rash of crashes at the nation's largest F-16 base has led to the discovery of engine cracks in 17 of the jet fighters, the Air Force said Friday. Cracks up to an inch long were found in the jets' Pratt & Whitney 220 engines, Luke Air Force Base spokeswoman Mary Jo May said. About 75% of the jets have been inspected so far at Luke, which has 190 of the nation's roughly 400 F-16s. "If we find cracks, those engines will not be flown anymore.
February 4, 1999 |
Computer Sciences Corp. is negotiating a contract to take over Pratt & Whitney's information technology functions in a deal that could be worth as much as $1 billion over several years, the companies said. The aircraft engine maker expects to work out a deal with El Segundo-based Computer Sciences in the next couple of months, said Pratt & Whitney spokesman Mark Sullivan. The East Hartford, Conn.