Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More F-35 turbulence: strike

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The F-35 program is facing more turbulence, this time in the form of a strike. Assembly workers at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, where F-35s are built, went on strike Monday. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 776, which represents 3,600 workers, voted Sunday to reject Lockheed Martin's final contract offer. The workers do nearly all the aircraft assembly and manufacturing functions at the plant that builds the F-16 and F-35. (Sources: multiple, including Fort Worth Star Telegram, 04/22/12, WFAA-TV, NBC5, 04/23/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.