Thursday, May 3, 2012

United Launch Alliance Faces Potential Strike

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Huntsville television station WHNT posted an article and ran a segment on its newscast about a potential strike at the United Launch Alliance plant in Decatur, Alabama. The strike could impact operations at ULA sites in the Space Coast and in California.

The contract affects about 450 employees in Decatur and another 400 at the company’s sites in California and Florida.

Those employees are set to meet on Sunday to vote on the company’s final offer.

If they vote it down, the next vote they’ll take will be whether or not to strike, which is something they say they don’t want to do . . .

The workers’ contract is set to expire at midnight on Sunday, May 6th.

Wednesday, union representatives filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming ULA company officials refused to bargain in good faith.

They claim on several occasions, company officials didn’t even show up for bargaining meetings.

Major thanks to Florida SpaceReport author Edward Ellegood for posting this on Twitter.

UPDATE May 5, 2012Florida Today reports that the union's negotiating committee recommends its members reject the ULA offer.

The contract would affect 277 union workers involved in launch operations at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It also would cover workers at ULA’s production operations in Decatur, Ala., and at launch operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Earlier this week, ULA presented what it called its “final offer” to the IAM negotiating committee. On Wednesday, that committee recommended that its members reject ULA’s proposed contract and vote to authorize the IAM leadership to call a strike.

Voting on the new contract takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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