Lockheed Martin Comprehensive Economic Benefits 6/23/16
Lockheed Martin Economic Wages 6/23/16
We received the company’s first Comprehensive Economic Proposal today, and here it is. Of course, this is their first proposal, but there’s several things that worries us. First and foremost is what everyone is concerned about – their plans for our Defined Benefit Pension Plan. Their proposal says, in big letters, TO BE DETERMINED.
Well, we believe they’ll find our membership is pretty determined. Stay tuned!
Next is their obvious plan to further turn our bargaining unit into the haves and have-nots. Four years ago, they carved the new hires out of a pension, and this proposal has several places where they will now give the future new hires less than current employees. They want to refuse a choice in health care for new hires, forcing them instead onto the very unpopular LM Healthworks, while giving current employees a choice. Then they want to deny new hires the cost-of-living payments.
It’s a not-so-transparent attempt to downgrade future employees.
Folks, these were good jobs for our grandparents, for our parents, and we want these to remain good jobs for our children.
They need to hear from you in the shop that we don’t want a two-tier workforce! While there is time to fix some of this, time is starting to run out, too.
We will be meeting the company in the morning to give them a new counter-proposal.
We continue to meet with the company over many of our non-economic issues still outstanding. We’ve done much work on Article 7, Grievance and Arbitration Procedure. Both sides believes that we need to work to improve the procedure, but while we are trying to streamline it, it seems the company wants to make things more complex.
We have asked for the Company’s Counter to the Union’s Economic Proposal, but they are dragging their feet. We hope to get their proposal by the end of the week.
Due to the Israeli rollout at Lockheed tomorrow, we will not be meeting with the company again until Thursday morning, but your Committee will be working on preparing counter-proposals to present Thursday on key non-economic issues, including Seniority and Hours-of-Work provisions.
We need everyone to fill out a strike survey. If you haven’t gotten one yet from your Union Steward, you can fill them out online, on your computer or on your phone at the Strike Survey Link.
I want to thank our Members who are rightfully still seething over the management hostility (RESET) faced in the wake of the 2012 contract negotiations. Members of (IAM), District Lodge 776 – Local Lodges 776A, 776B and 776C, voted overwhelmingly 1710 to 36 yesterday to authorize a strike if acceptable terms cannot be reached before the current contract expires on July 10, 2016. This vote includes our members located at Edwards Air Force Base in California and at Patuxent River in Maryland. The Firefighters and Nurses Units also voted overwhelmingly for Strike Authorization.
This vote confirms your high level of support and will help your committee obtain a contract that reflects the company’s financial success and fully respects the contributions of our highly skilled workforce. Throughout the history of this plant and multiple programs this company has asked our membership to do the impossible, and time and time again you have delivered! No more so than on the current F-35 program. You helped them win it and through your hard work and effort it will soon go into full production.
Your Key issues are quality healthcare choices at a fair cost, Improved pension/401K, Improved cost of living supplements and substantial general wage increases. You also have called for an end to all aggressive and punitive (RESET) practices held over from 2012.
We intend to bargain in good faith up to the last day if necessary, but we will not accept less than our membership deserves and expects.
Your Committee again thanks you for your support!
Your Negotiating Committee