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Lockheed machinists at Mississippi space center vote to end strike
May 20, 2014 / 11:34 PM / 3 years ago

Lockheed machinists at Mississippi space center vote to end strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) said on Tuesday that more than 100 union members who had been on strike at a Mississippi space center since late last week voted to accept the company’s contract offer and would return to work on Wednesday.

Workers can be seen on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas in this October 13, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin. REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Randy A. Crites/Handout

“The ratification of this new, three-year contract is excellent news for our company, the represented employees, their communities and the customer,” Lockheed spokeswoman Tabatha Thompson said in a statement.

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers began picketing outside NASA’s Stennis Space Center on Friday after rejecting a Lockheed contract offer.

The center is home to NASA’s Rocket Propulsion Test Program, which manages the agency’s propulsion test facilities.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Peter Cooney and Andrew Hay

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