Years ago an employees compensation consisted of hourly wage, sick time, and health benefits, to name a few. Today these are all controlled by the federal government and be damned if you try to renegotiate and be prepared for a strike. In Europe those in office, not like our president, who are trying for financial reform and lowering the spending, find themselves on the bottom of the people's choice list. Ya have to tell them what they want to hear and make government the solve all and not the problem. Why in the heck would a company move jobs off shore?????????????
Lockheed machinists vote overwhelmingly to strike
Aircraft manufacturing workers at Lockheed Martin overwhelmingly rejected the company's final contract offer Sunday and voted to go on strike.
Machinists' union members voted by greater than 9-to-1 margins in separate ballots to both reject Lockheed's final contract proposal and to strike.
Workers interviewed after the strike repeatedly cited their opposition to company proposals that would eliminate a defined benefit pension plan for new hires and reduce the number of health care plan options to just one HMO and a plan that features higher employee deductibles and co-payments.
Nick Hight, an 8-year Lockheed employee, said he was willing to strike for weeks if necessary over the pension issue. "No pension for new hires, that's not good. What if my granddaughter wanted to work here."
"They keep taking things away from us," said Kim Nguyen, an aircraft assembler who has worked 15 years at the Lockheed plant. "They've gotten too greedy. We've got to fight for something."
The strike by members of Machinists Local 776 is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Union members said they are prepared for a long walkout if necessary.
The union represents about 3,600 workers at the west Fort Worth Lockheed plant that do most of the aircraft assembly and manufacturing work on the F-35 and F-16 fighter jets or service the machines and facilities.
Paul Black, president of Machinists Lodge 776 in Fort Worth, said the vote against the contract proposal was stronger than he had dared to hope for.