Monthly Archives: January 2014

1/30/14 Negotiations Update

Your Negotiating Committee made great progress today. We will list the TAs soon! Stay Tuned…

The Company withdrew many of their proposals. The Economic Negotiations will start up in Palm Springs in early February where we will meet with the committees from Palmdale and Marietta. 

The Strike Committee has met today at your Union Hall and is putting together Strike Duty Rosters. They have made contact with local officials, the local labor councils of the surrounding counties as well as other local agencies that can support us if we decide to strike.

 Thank you for all the overwhelming support you are showing and your willingness to take the ultimate actions if necessary. It is good to know that you are behind us while we are at the table on your behalf.

Keep coming back to this site. There will be much more information as the non-economic negotiations conclude, which may be in the next couple of days.


 Your Committee

1/29/14 Negotiations Update

Your Negotiations Committee formally submitted several counter proposals to the Company. We reached tentative agreement on some issues and hope to have them signed off on the morning of the 30th (tomorrow).

There has been an agreement in principal to bring the grievance form into the 21st century; by moving away from the NCR form currently used to an electronic form to be filled out on a computer and printed out for processing. There is currently a committee working on the form for usage at all sites within the CEG’s.  We are hopeful that this committee’s recommendation will result in a Tentative Agreement with the company to update this process in a way that is beneficial for both parties, but time will tell; stay tuned. 

NOTE:  Tentative agreements (TAs) are items we have come to agreement on with the company.  All TAs will be in the Last Best and Final Offer for you to consider for ratification.

We hope to have a list of Tentative Agreements posted to this web site soon.

Remember to stay tuned to this website for further updates.


Your negotiations committee

1/28/14 Negotiations Update

Your negotiating committee continues to work towards coming to resolution in many areas of your contract language with the company. Job studies continued this morning with the company proposing language changes to many job descriptions and to deactivate “unpopulated jobs” — this we have to investigate for we have to make sure that jobs slated for deactivation are not positions that our members may have recall rights or retreat rights to. Many of the changes submitted to your committee stated language inferring the application of certifications where required.

Your committee has also filed five unfair labor practice charges against Lockheed Martin within the last week:

January 21, 2014 – unfair labor practice on failure to provide requested information to the union and it has disregarded the numerous request for providing said information
January 23, 2014 - direct dealing with the union employees by changing working conditions in failing to meet with the appropriate union representative to discuss said changes.
January 27, 2014 - direct dealing with the union employees and changing working conditions and failing to make the appropriate representative to discuss said changes in regards to TDY
January 28, 2014 – engaging in aggressive bargaining during negotiations and have changed the working conditions of the represented employees without negotiating said changes with the union.

The National Labor Relations Board has assigned an investigator to investigate the first direct dealing charge against Lockheed Martin.

Through the company’s proposals they are indicating strongly that they enjoy their control and do not wish to give up the simplest items that your committee is offering to clarify. It is becoming very clear to this committee that Labor Relations through its proposal is trying to gain control of this company and take more functions away from your direct supervisor. It is hard to tell who is running the company at this point; Labor Relations or line management.

Make sure to tell your brothers and sisters to come to this website Where they can get news updates from your negotiating committee.

The time has come for us as union brothers and sisters to take back control of our destiny. We ARE prepared and now ready. Now our membership must be ready to take the appropriate actions!!!

It’s time to take a stand!!
Be ready for bold and swift action!!
We will not go backwards!!!!

1/27/14 Negotiations Update

Today we resumed negotiations with the company.  Your negotiating committee and the company exchanged redrafted proposals and have reached tentative agreements on five issues. Your committee is busy writing counterproposals and engaging the company in issues involving the grievance procedure, seniority, and other items of great importance to all of us and our families in non-economics. We will be meeting tomorrow with the company to hear their job studies proposals.  Vandenberg Air Force Base as well as Cape Canaveral Air Force Base are also meeting with company representatives on their local issues as well. Progress is proceeding as expected.

 Pass the word along to your brothers and sisters on the shop floor and tell them to keep coming back to this website we will have updates and let you know what is going on as it unfolds.


Your Negotiating Committee

1/23/14 Negotiations Update

Today, company representatives and your negotiating committee completed their initial pass of proposals in the areas of non-economic, coded letters, and un-coded letters.

Both sides then engaged in lively discussions and answered questions regarding the proposals. Your committee asked for further information regarding some of the un-coded letters that the company wishes to eliminate. Tentative agreements were reached on three items:

 -The first tentative agreement was for un-coded letters with regard to hire notices for the AMS transition from LMSC employees.

 -The second tentative agreement was for un-coded letters concerning the document control employees and classifications that provide recall rights to fill positions.

 -The third tentative agreement was the removal of the EAP joint agreement, which the company, citing the language within that agreement, terminated months ago.

This is pretty interesting considering the representatives of the company have considered the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to be a shining star; a crowning achievement by the company in its ongoing effort to work with your union and to better the lives of members and their families.

 The COMPANY terminated the letter months ago which in effect killed it. Today they buried the corpse. IT WAS THE COMPANY THAT WITHDREW FROM THE PROGRAM AND THEN TERMINATED THE LETTER!!! Your negotiating committee is outraged that the company, by their very action today, would withdraw from a program that has provided such help and support to our members and their families. APPARENTLY THIS IS HOW MUCH THEY CARE ABOUT YOU TODAY!!!

 Your committee has plans to address the employee assistance program with the help of the International at some point in the near future.

1/22/14 Negotiations Update

The second day of negotiations has seen your committee submitting your non-economic proposals to the company. We are currently finalizing our packages containing Coded and Un-Coded Letters. Tomorrow we will be submitting them to the company. In the following days both the company and your negotiating committee will be engaging in lively discussions, however, we expect things to get interesting soon.

Please continue to check in for further negotiations updates.

1/21/14 Negotiations Update

Your Negotiating committee opened non-economic discussions this morning with representatives from Lockheed Martin. In concert with our harmonious relationship with the  company, HR Director E. Lombardi asked that the alternate negotiator from VAFB to leave the table and not be allowed to participate in the negotiations in any way. This seems to reflect the companies definition “Harmonious Relations.” Once the Negotiations had opened Mr. Lombardi went on ad nauseam about the sad shape of the company and the need to improve efficiencies, however, the stock of LMT closed today at $154.10. 

It seems to this committee that we heard the same opening statement that was delivered 3 years ago. However, the company did give us their  non-economic proposals that appear clearly to add flexibility for the  company’s convenience at the expense of our memberships hard fought gains accomplished at the table with the support of the membership over years. The Company clearly wants to set any work schedule/work week with no regard to our members quality of life.

1/17/14 Negotiations Update

Your negotiating committee has ended its first week of work, facilitating our member’s job presentations, and to prepare for upcoming negotiations. Our brothers Dale Brose from VAFB and Andy Thompson from CCAFB will be joining us next week. Non-Economic Negotiations with Lockheed will begin Tuesday 21st.

1/15/14 Negotiations Update

Today on January 15, 2014 your Union entered into Job Studies with Lockheed Sunnyvale. We will continue Job Studies with the company again tomorrow. Next week on Tuesday January 21st, we will be entering into Non- Economic Negotiations. Joining us next week will be representatives from Santa Cruz, Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral. Check in to keep updated on our work on your 2014 contract.

Strike Sanction Passed

Last week, Local Lodge 2228 in Sunnyvale, Local Lodge 2786 in Vandenberg, CA and Local Lodge 610 in Cape Canaveral, FL conducted an election for a Strike Sanction from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM & AW). The result:
92 % voted yes

The negotiating committee thanks everyone who voted and appreciates the “yes” votes that send the strong message of unity to the company.

Also the negotiating committee is in process of doing the job studies presentation at the company and they will wrap this up on Thursday, 1/17/14.

Next week beginning Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, your Negotiating Committee will be meeting with the Company to begin the local non-economic negotiations in Sunnyvale.

The result of the first survey has arrived. The following list is not necessarily in order, but the top 5 issues are:

1. Limitation on Outsourcing
2. Improve Pension Plan/Hourly Capital Accumulation Plan
3. Improve Job Security
4. Improve Medical Coverage
5. Maintain Current Health and Welfare Plans at Each Location

For updates, please check the Local Lodge 2228 website,

For questions and/or concerns, you may contact your Business Rep Mike Zercher, (831)227-8440 or Grand Lodge Rep Mike Goddard, (916) 878 8441.

At the request of the US Department of Labor (DOL), the IAM & AW will conduct new nominations for the offices of International President, General Secretary Treasurer and 8 General Vice Presidents. Nominations can be made at a special meeting of your Local Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the following location and times:

Union Hall
655 Vaqueros Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Tel: 408-739-1434
From 6:00am to 8:00am and from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm