The clock is ticking for workers at Pratt & Whitney and union employees of the jet engine maker fear they might be running out of time to prevent job losses.
The Machinists union won a victory over the United Technologies subsidiary in court earlier this year that prevented the closure of two engine repair shops and the elimination of 1,000 Connecticut jobs.
The problem is that the victory is good only as long as the union's contract with Pratt & Whitney is in force.
The three-year agreement expires on Sunday and Pratt & Whitney said on its Web site that it has tentatively decided to close the plants, subject to negotiations.
It would not discuss contract talks, but cites competition and declining business.
The Machinists union accuses the company of threatening job security and plans to rally at Pratt & Whitney's East Hartford headquarters on Tuesday to generate support.