Temporary workers brought in during Lockheed Martin strike

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on May 24, 2012 at 6:54 PM

FORT WORTH - Union workers say the move to hire temporary workers at Lockheed Martin is a scare tactic to break their month-long strike.

A company spokesperson said Lockheed brought on less than 10 temporary employees Thursday, and is going through the process of getting them trained.

"It's insulting to this membership," said union spokesman Paul Black.

Roughly 3,600 Members of the international association of machinists and aerospace workers have been on strike since April 23. They rejected a new contract over changes to health care and pension benefits.

Lockheed stressed that the workers are temporary and are not permanent replacements. The Lockheed spokesman said they “look forward to the day when IAM workers will be back at work.”

Next week, the company will begin bringing in 50 to 60 people if the strike continues, according to a company representative.

"It's funny how one day they're doing well without us, and the next day, they're announcing they're bringing in others," Black said.

On its website, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers criticized the move.

“[...]Lockheed has the right under our weak labor laws to do this during the strike," the site reads. "These scabs, or 'temporary replacement workers' in Lockheed-speak, aren't being paid any benefits or offered permanent employment. [...]”

Danny Cook has worked at Lockheed for 34 years and says he's on strike for his family, colleagues, and future employees.

"This is the biggest fight most of us will ever have and we have to prevail," Cook said.

And in this fight, it seems neither side is willing to budge on returning to the table for more talks.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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