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Stratford Lawmakers Speak Out Against Sikorsky Layoffs

Sikorsky Aircraft had layoffs in Stratford this week.
Sikorsky Aircraft had layoffs in Stratford this week. Photo Credit: Flickr

STRATFORD, Conn. -- Stratford and Shelton’s state legislative delegations released a statement relaying their unhappiness about the 109 Sikorsky layoffs announced at the company’s Stratford headquarters and speaking about recovering from the fallout.

Sikorsky announced 150 layoffs announced at its Rotary and Mission Systems, including 109 in Stratford, on Tuesday Aug. 30.

Before this announcement, the local state legislative delegation, including state Sens. Kevin Kelly (R-21) and Ed Gomes (D-23) and state Reps. Laura Hoydick (R-120), Jason Perillo (R-113), Ben McGorty, (R-122), and Joe Gresko (D-121), had already reached out to the Department of Labor to request that the state’s Rapid Response Team be placed on standby in case any of Lockheed Martin’s planned 350 layoffs hit Connecticut.

“I am devastated to hear about yet another round of layoffs hitting the greater Stratford area. ...We need to help these families with immediate support and we also need to talk about long term solutions to put a stop to the endless cycle of jobs leaving our state,” said Kelly.

"The news of these latest layoffs at Sikorsky is yet another devastating blow to our region and the employees,” said Hoydick. “The implications of what this means for manufacturing and job growth in our region are very sobering.”

“When one of our strongest employers like Sikorsky suffers, the entire region suffers,” said McGorty. “Our immediate goal needs to be meaningful changes that will help restore the economic strength of this region and the sate."

“This is more disappointing news on the economic front for this region, demonstrating conclusively that we are going in the wrong direction when it comes to the state’s economic policy,” said Perillo. “Our primary concern is the workers and their families, and making sure we do what we can to get them through this tough time."

“We need to make sure that those people affected by this business decision are able to receive all of the available resources we have to offer,” Gresko said. “I’m sure the Department of Labor will rise to the occasion and give all the help there is.”

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