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Judge To Hear Pratt & Whitney Jobs Lawsuit

Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:39am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge will begin hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney's plans to move 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut.

U.S. District Judge Janet Hall is set to take up the lawsuit filed by the International Association of Machinists on Monday.

Hall is expected to decide by next month whether the East Hartford-based subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. complied with its union contract that requires "every reasonable effort" to preserve the jobs it wants to move to Columbus, Ga., Singapore and Japan.

The company says it has made those efforts. Pratt says it will shut its engine overhaul and repair plant in Cheshire by early 2011 and shift repair operations from its East Hartford facility beginning in next year's second quarter.

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