Sen. Kissel Speaks With DOL About Layoffs at Hamilton-Sundstrand

May 6, 2009

Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) today contacted the state Department of Labor (DOL) about an announcement that Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks had laid off 62 workers Monday. Sen. Kissel requested that the Department of Labor begin providing aid and employment services to the workers who lost their jobs.

“Hamilton Sundstrand is a very important company in this area and unfortunately they have had to face some very difficult decisions. I am confident that they are taking every measure possible to avoid any unnecessary layoffs and I am hopeful that as the economy recovers, many of these jobs will be restored” said Sen. Kissel.

Senator Kissel also requested that the Department of Labor dispatch its Rapid Response Team to Windsor Locks to educate the workers about job search assistance, unemployment benefits and training opportunities and was informed that DOL had begun providing such assistance.

“It is never easy to lose a job, and in the current economic situation a job loss is particularly devastating,” said Sen. Kissel. “Laid-off workers must have the support of local and state officials and I am happy to see the state Department of Labor taking very seriously the task of helping these workers navigate through the difficult process of finding new employment.”

Hamilton Sundstrand has already laid off 300 workers in Connecticut this year and plans to lay off as many as 1500 employees in Connecticut alone by the end of the year.