Thursday, December 20, 2007
Va. Spaceport Workers Strike
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2552, based out of Wallops Island, held a vote Monday to go on strike January 1, 2008 over increased health care coverage costs.
The soon-to-be striking 76 workers conduct the heating, electrical and wastewater services for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and the NASA Wallops Flight Facility under a labor contract with Georgia-based employer, VT Griffin Services.
About 300 workers at Wallops are members of IAM2552, but they work under nearly 10 different contracts such as security and Near-Earth Network data services. It is unclear how the service workers strike may impact the balance of the union workers and facilities.