FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Striking Lockheed Martin workers are
picketing outside of a North Texas plant where the aerospace
company makes F-35 fighter jets.
The strike by Machinists Local 776 in Fort Worth began Monday
after union members voted overwhelmingly Sunday to reject the
company's latest contract offer. The union represents about a
quarter of Lockheed Martin's 14,000 workers at the plant.
Lockheed Martin spokesman Joe Stout says the plant remains open
and no problems have been reported. He says some employees have been assigned alternate job duties to take over for the striking
Union leaders say the company's proposed changes to the pension
plan, health costs and new hires policy were unacceptable.
The company says it believes the offer is fair.
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