Friday, May 16, 2014

Lockheed union at SSC strikes

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Lockheed Martin workers who operate NASA test stands went on strike today in the wake of negotiations over the company's plan to end pensions. Members of Local 2249 of the International Machinists and Aerospace workers started picketing outside the main gate after midnight. They will not picket over the weekend, but plan to return Monday. The strike affects 116 union members. Lockheed Martin and the union are at the end of a three-year contract. (Sources: WLOX-TV, Sun Herald, 05/16/14) The company also operates the Lockheed Martin Mississippi Space and Technology Center at SSC, which works on satellite systems. It is not involved in the strike.