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, iamll2228.org.

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