May 21, 2012

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics reaches new contracts with two unions

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Office and Professional Employees International Union have ratified new labor agreements with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth Texas.

The new agreements became effective May 21 and extend for four and five years, respectively.

The IBEW members approved their agreement in a vote May 18, and the OPEIU members approved their agreement May 19.

The IBEW represents about 70 employees at the company’s Fort Worth site, while the OPEIU represents about 430. The unions and company have been negotiating for the past month.

“We’re pleased the union members ratified these new agreements,” said Bridget Lauderdale, vice president of Aeronautics Operations at Lockheed Martin. “Our employees perform a critical task for our customers and the nation through their work supporting the F-35, F-16 and other business programs, and these new agreements will allow us to sustain those activities while also positioning the company for efficiency and affordability.”

The union members will each receive a $3,000 ratification bonus and general wage increases over the term of the agreements. The agreements also include Cost of Living Adjustment provisions and will increase future pension benefits by 14 percent, to $90 per month per year of credited service for eligible current employees. These new agreements offer a choice of two health insurance options: the LM HealthWorks plan which is standard throughout Lockheed Martin, or an Aetna HMO.

These ratified contracts also include a defined contribution pension plan for new hire employees in lieu of a defined benefit pension plan. These terms are similar to what Lockheed Martin offered to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Fort Worth, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., which the IAM rejected April 22, resulting in the ongoing strike.

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