2,000 employees at Sikorsky could be furloughed on Monday - KCTV5

2,000 employees at Sikorsky could be furloughed on Monday

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

If the government shutdown continues, about 2,000 workers at Sikorsky will be forced to take a furlough, according to a statement made by the company on Wednesday.

United Technologies Corp., which is based in Hartford, said more than 5,000 workers could be furloughed in the coming month if the shutdown continues.

"Without the required DCMA inspectors, who were deemed nonessential federal employees, certain defense manufacturing work must be halted, which will result in employee furloughs," the statement from the company read.

Employees for Sikorsky, which is a division of United Technologies, would be made to take a furlough starting on Monday. If the government shutdown continues, an additional 1,000 employees could be made to take a furlough.

Sikorsky, which makes Black Hawk helicopters, has facilities in Stratford, CT, West Palm Beach, FL, and Troy, AL, and employees at all of those plants could be affected.

Sikorsky said the shutdown has "completely stopped" its "ability to manufacture and support helicopters."

"As we stated earlier this week, we could manage the impact of a shutdown for a short time, but would not be able to sustain production for any extended period without an adverse impact," Sikorsky said in a statement Wednesday.

UTC's Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems units, which are other divisions of United Technologies, could also be affected, the company said.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released a statement on the announcement by United Technologies.

"This is what happens when House Republicans decide that political gamesmanship is more important than people's jobs. It's unconscionable that so many working families would be unfairly put in this situation. The people of Connecticut, and of the entire United States, deserve better. Once again, I call on House Republicans to stop this irresponsible behavior and pass a clean continuing resolution that funds the government, keeps people at work, and doesn't threaten to undo the important progress that's been made toward economic recovery," Malloy said.

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