Strike at Stennis: Lockheed Martin machinists walk out over pensions
By Dwayne Bremer
May 16, 2014, 19:29
Workers at Lockheed Martin on Friday picketed at the front gate of the NASA Space Center. The employees said they were striking because of issues with their pensions.
Workers at Lockheed Martin went on strike Friday morning, to protest an alleged company plan to change employee pension plans.
About 30 Lockheed workers picketed at the Stennis Space Center's front gate on Friday.
Another group of employees reportedly picketed at the north gate also.
NASA security was set up about 500 yards south of the gate near the striking employees.
Employees said they went on strike because of the company's plan to switch from an internal pension plan to a 401K plan.
Lockheed Martin is a world-wide company that employs more than 11,000 people.
The strike is specific to the 116 employees at Stennis and not a strike of Lockheed workers world-wide, employees said.
The employees are part of the International Association of Machinists union.
"A lot of us have had our pensions in place for years," Tom Wolfe said Friday. "We do not want to lose our pensions."
Martin said most of the Stennis Lockheed employees are behind the strike.
By striking, Wolfe said, the employees hope to have a better voice in their bargaining with the company.
"They made us an offer last week, but it was rejected," Wolfe said. "They know what we want, if they want to go back to the table."
Calls to the Lockheed office at Stennis were not returned by press time Friday.