HARTFORD, Conn. — Jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is fighting the Connecticut attorney general's legal effort to help workers block the move of 1,000 jobs from the state.
In a brief filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., said Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's request to file a friend of the court brief backing the International Association of Machinists is partisan.
"This court needs no special assistance from the attorney general's office to evaluate the evidence and to decide this two-party breach of contract case," the company said.
Giving the Democratic attorney general a "more expansive role in what is a contractual dispute between two private parties" would break with precedent in Connecticut and may provide a platform "for more partisan pronouncements by the attorney general," Pratt & Whitney said.
The company said in a statement Wednesday it does not object to Blumenthal's request to participate as a friend of the court, which it said is the judge's decision to grant.