Monday, September 10, 2007
Striking machinists: Contract talks to resume
Striking machinists and NASA's prime shuttle contractor apparently are set to return to the bargaining table, a move that would kick-start stalled contract negotiations after a standstill of nearly three months.
In a flash notice to its members, leaders with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2061 said that labor relations officials with United Space Alliance have proposed a return to the bargaining table.
"We view this as a positive development, and a move in the right direction," the union said in a posting on its strike blog. "Please join us in our cautious optimism, but realize that it's going to take hard work to hammer out a contract this membership can be proud of, a fair and just contract that is good for the members, for United Space Alliance, and for NASA."
USA officials say the company is willing to reopen negotiations as long as there are no preconditions.
IMAGE NOTE: Click to enlarge the Florida Today image of strikers picketing at the gates to Kennedy Space Center. From left are Jim Boone of Mims, Jimmie Ford and Jeff Pack of Cocoa and Jerry Dearderff of Titusville. Photo credit: Craig Rubadoux, Florida Today.
Posted by John Kelly at 12:01 AM