ULA employees strike over contract offer


It’s ‘day one’ of a strike for 300 United Launch Alliance workers in Decatur and 300 more in Florida and California.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said ‘no’ to a three-year contract proposal. Strikers say it’s not about the money, but about respect and job security.

The contract proposal would allow the company to send its employees to a different job site for 30 days.

“Irrelevant of what they’ve got going on in their lives,” explained Tony Wirth, IAM Grand Lodge Representative, about the 30-day travel period. “Maybe they’ve got kids, maybe they’re a single parent and they’ve got to figure out what to do with their kids. Maybe they’ve got parents they’re taking care of.”

ULA officials released a statement saying they believe the contract offer is “fair, competitive and in the best interest of both ULA and its employees.” 

See the full statement here.

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