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Top Pratt & Whitney Exec To Testify On Layoffs

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 3:51am

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Pratt & Whitney's top executive is likely to testify in federal court near the end of a series of hearings over the jet engine manufacturer's plans to move 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut.

David Hess, president of the East Hartford subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is expected to testify Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. He would be among the last witnesses in a trial that began in December after the Machinists sued to block the job cuts.

Lower-level executives have testified that the recession hurt Pratt & Whitney's commercial aerospace business.

The union says Pratt & Whitney failed to make every effort as required by its contract to preserve jobs, but company officials deny the claims.

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