Lockheed-Martin, Cape Canaveral, Florida; Vandenberg AFB, California
Launch Vehicle Techs Accept New Contract
On May 2, 2004, IAM members employed at Lockheed Martin Astronautics ratified a new 3 year agreement with the company.  The contract was accepted by 91 percent of those casting ballots.  The 500 workers are located at the Cape in Florida and Vandenberg AFB in California.  These members are assigned to support the launching of vehicles that carry satellites into orbit.  

Aerospace Coordinator John Crowdis and Western Territory Grand Lodge Representative Don Whitaker led the negotiations with the company. Additionally, District Lodge 166 Business Representative Johnny Walker is to be commended for the outstanding job he did in behalf of our membership at Local Lodge 610. Brother Walker's leadership and knowledge of the issues during these negotiations were of great significance in reaching an agreement with the employer.

Highlights of the contract are:
  • Wage increases are 4% 1st year, 3% 2nd year, 3% 3rd year.
  • COLA float added to Mins. and Max.
  • $1,500.00 signing bonus.
  • Pension increase from $50.00 per year of service to now be $60.00 Retro to 1/1/04.  This is now the highest pension rate at any LM facility, and establishes a new level for other units to improve upon. 
  • Increase Mission Success Incentive payments (MSI) from 3 weeks every 6 months to 6 weeks every 6 months, retro to 1/1/04'.
  • Medical premiums co-pay capped at the same level as the other LM contracts.
  • $10,000.00 pay if laid off prior to program conclusion, and $5,000.00 pay if working through the conclusion of the Titan Program.
  • Improved Overtime language







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