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Strike Vote Planned At Lockheed Martin Plant

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Lockheed Martin, located in Bethesda, is the U.S. government's largest defense contractor. In 2010, it grossed $45,189.0 million in revenue and ranked 44 on the Fortune 500 ranks, according to CNNMoney.com.

Lockheed Martin, located in Bethesda, is the U.S. government’s largest defense contractor. In 2010, it grossed $45,189.0 million in revenue and ranked 44 on the Fortune 500 ranks, according to CNNMoney.com.

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Union leaders at Lockheed Martin Corp.’s massive plant in Marietta say that workers will vote Sunday on whether to strike.

Union leaders have asked about 3,800 employees represented by Local 709 of the International Association of Machinists to reject what the company termed its last and best proposal for a new three-year contract.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the current contract expires at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Members are scheduled to take a strike vote Sunday between noon and 8 p.m., with results expected by 10 p.m.

Local 709 represents factory, technical and office workers including mechanics, electronics technicians and assemblers at the Marietta plant, which has nearly 8,000 employees.

Workers at the plant, just north of Atlanta, struck over contracts in 2002 and 2005 but voted to ratify a three-year deal in March 2008, ending a strike threat that year.

The Bethesda, Md.-based firm manufactures fighter jets and other military hardware.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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