Connecticut AG Battles Pratt & Whitney over Job Cuts


Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed a strongly worded friend of the court brief in support of an IAM lawsuit against Pratt & Whitney

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is fighting back against claims by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) that his “friend of the court” brief in support of an IAM lawsuit against Pratt & Whitney is both partisan and unnecessary.

In a brief filed last week in U.S. District Court in Hartford, P&W complained that the attorney general should mind his own business. “This court needs no special assistance from the attorney general’s office to evaluate the evidence and to decide this two party breach of contract suit,” sniffed the company.

Blumenthal countered that the state of Connecticut has an abiding interest in avoiding economic hardship to workers and their families and preventing damaging effects on Connecticut’s economy. “As a friend of the court,” said Blumenthal, “we are ready to show that Pratt failed to seriously consider the governor’s proposed $100 million package and otherwise bargain in good faith as required by law.”

The IAM lawsuit stems from the decision by Pratt to close two profitable facilities in Connecticut and shift the work to Georgia, Singapore and Japan.