May 29, 2007 – The Bargaining Committee for Local 2061 in Cocoa, FL, resumed negotiations today with representatives of United Space Alliance (USA) on behalf of nearly 600 members who work on Space Shuttle Operations at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The negotiations for a new contract, which began May 21, are scheduled to conclude on June 1, 2007, with ratification voting scheduled for June 2.
Key issues for the Space Shuttle workforce include job security and retirement concerns in the wake of plans by NASA to shift from the current Space Shuttle program to next generation Ares/Orion systems. The current Space Shuttle program is slated to conclude in 2010.
“Regardless of the direction NASA may take the space program in the future, the focus of this negotiating committee is to secure the jobs covered by this agreement and the right to negotiate for those jobs in future agreements,” said Aerospace Coordinator John Crowdis.