Strike Vote Planned At Lockheed Martin Plant

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.)

  • nick

    unless your a sports figure and getting high pay you got to be one hell of a fool to strike in today’s economy for sure

  • mike bujanowski

    Just because the economy is in bad shape does’nt mean you have to give into every request by your employer !

  • merrysea

    It dose not say if the new contract is better than the old or if there where cuts in the old. If it is better or the same I don’t think they should strike.

  • Ronald G Miner Jr

    LM gets what they deserve by allowing the union into their plants. They should close down the plant move everything to South Carolina and invite their employees to move with them. THEN kick the union out. SC don’t play that way.

  • Josephus Hap

    Going on strike ? You guys get paid three times the average wage for the rest of us.
    All what you do is puttingh bolt # 11 to nut # 11. Sometimes you put # 12 on it and if it does not work, you wait for an hour till that kid, that was just hired, looks at it and fixes it.

  • bernard mc kernan

    Ronald, Just what the country needs eh.Low minimum wage jobs for all while the Oligarchs rule the business world just like the railroad barons did at the turn of the century. Your memory doesn’t serve you to well my friend because that is a very bad idea & was kicked to the curb then as it should be now. A nation shopping at Walmart while the 2% that possess the wealth shops @ Neiman Marcus just won’t work. Unions serve a viable & important part of our economy & quality of life. Millions of Americans without union membership live well due to the fact unions have already set the standard of living for those non-union. Why in the hell do people want to blame the unions who represent less than 10% of the nations work force for all the ills? How about because of greed & the ability by the Republican senate & congress allowing goods & services to be shipped offshore for a better shareholder return. How about the crooked Hedge fund & financial managers on wall st. along with the Feds looking the other way while these scoundrels got rich & not a one went to jail for allowing the housing market , the banks & stock market lead us into a recession. You fools!

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