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News : Business Oct 4, 2009 - 3:47 AM


Malloy urges Rell to be “proactive on Pfizer to avert another Pratt”

By Mayor's office, City of Stamford, CT





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With Pfizer on the verge of completing its merger with Wyeth, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, who is exploring a run for Governor, recently said it is “critical” that Gov. Rell get involved immediately to “avert another situation like the one that just occurred with Pratt & Whitney.” Malloy was referring to Pratt’s recent decision to move approximately 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut.

Malloy urged Gov. Rell to “get answers” from Pfizer officials as to how the merger will affect its Connecticut operations. Pfizer, which has a base of operations in eastern Connecticut, currently employs approximately 5,000 people at its Groton and New London sites.

“I’ve spoken with people who work at Pfizer over the past month, and they’re nervous,” said Malloy. “They’re hearing rumors that one of these sites may close, that jobs may be moved out of state, and many of them are on pins and needles. I’d like to see us get them some answers.”

Said Malloy, “Gov. Rell should demand a meeting with Pfizer officials, and she should demand answers to the following questions: What exactly is their plan once the merger is complete? Are they planning on moving jobs out of state? If so, how many, and when? And if she’s told that they might conceivably move jobs out of state, she needs to do whatever is reasonable to prevent that from happening.”

“If they say they don’t know yet, the Governor needs to hold their feet to the fire and ask them how that can be, considering this merger was announced in January and is on the verge of completion. It’s hard to imagine that Pfizer doesn’t have a plan in place,” said Malloy.

“I urge Gov. Rell to pick up the phone, call Pfizer today, and meet with their top officials as soon as possible. And after that meeting occurs, I hope Gov. Rell will tell the people of this State exactly what she learned.”

Malloy added, “Pfizer is critical to the economy of eastern Connecticut, and to the State as a whole. As was the case with Pratt, too often this Governor has waited until after-the-fact to get involved, and our economy has suffered as a result. This is a chance to do something different. This is a chance to protect jobs, and the families of the workers who have them.”




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