Officials with Sikorsky announced Thursday that the company is cutting 200 hourly positions, with most of them located in Connecticut.
"Sikorsky continues to look to a promising future, but today we face difficult challenges including U.S. and international budget declines, rising costs to compete and heightened uncertainty due to sequestration," Sikorsky Director of Communications Paul Jackson said in a statement.
Jackson said Thursday's layoffs at the Stratford-based company are "a necessary step."
"We must do all we can to protect our competitiveness while investing in our future," Jackson said.
All Teamster-represented employees in Connecticut are eligible for "a voluntary separation offer," Sikorsky officials said.
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