Union Activity

Union claims threatening mail sent to strikers. District 776 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in May filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over what the union calls misleading and threatening mail sent from Lockheed Martin to IAM members on strike. The letter was directed to striking employees who have outstanding loans with the Lockheed Martin Corporation Hourly Employees Savings Plan, a 401(k) savings plan that permits loans against employee savings. The letters noted that the plan hadn't received payroll deduction loan repayments and outlined the consequences of a loan going into default. The union contends that strikers are automatically placed on leave-of-absence status, and outstanding loans don't go into default for a 12-month period. "We believe the letter contains implied threats and is a violation under the National Labor Relations Act [NLRA]," said District 776 Directing Business Representative Paul Black, who noted that three other NLRB charges filed by the IAM against Lockheed Martin are still pending. The strike by approximately 3,600 employees began April 22. Read More...