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Machinists Ratify New Pratt Contract; East Hartford, Cheshire Repair Shops to Close

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pratt dl e1291592776700 Machinists Ratify New Pratt Contract; East Hartford, Cheshire Repair Shops to CloseWALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Members of the Machinists union have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney that allows the company to shut two plants it has targeted for more than a year, while preserving jobs insisted on by the union.

Workers voted 2,609-198 Sunday to accept the pact with the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., ending a battle that began in September 2009 when the company announced it would shut the engine repair plants.

Read the company statement

The three-year contract allows the company to close the plants and shift hundreds of jobs to Georgia, Singapore and Japan. Workers will be induced to retire with a $20,000 buyout package and other workers will be transferred to Pratt & Whitney sites elsewhere in Connecticut.

Pratt & Whitney called it a very good contract that gives it flexibility to run its business.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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