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.”