Breaking News: ULA Union Will Not Strike

May 07 [Mon], 2012, 14:22
Breaking News: ULA Union Will Not Strike
gucci outletDecatur, AL- Workers at United Launch Alliance in Decatur voted Sunday not to accept a new contract from the company. However the union did not get enough votes to strike. Therefore, it was forced to accept a new, 3-year contract with the company.The Decatur plant builds and tests the Atlas 5 and Delta 4 rockets to the launch facilities at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Union reps have been in negotiation with management for weeks.“We are here today with the company’s final offer and the membership is voting whether to accept or reject the contract,” explained the Machinists Union’s Business Representative Gary Wills.The group says it is not open to the company's plan to no longer offer pensions to new hires. Wills says although the current employees will not lose their pensions, they will be affected.“If this should happen, in the future, they will be working beside new hires that come into work with reduced benefits which is something that this union tries very hard to not allow. It’s unfair, it’s unjust, and it’s unnecessary,” said Willis.Phillip Car, the Negotiating Committee Chairman, says the change would create a wedge in the workforce.“It causes hostility in the workplace. It just undermines everything that we stand for a as union,” he said.Locally, ULA employs more than 400 people. 98% are members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The new contract covers ULA union members employed in Decatur, Alabama, Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

gucci shoes outletUnited Launch Alliance released the following statement Sunday: United Launch Alliance was notified today, that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) representing its workforce at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Decatur, Ala., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., has accepted the company’s new three-year contract offer. This concludes the 2012 contract negotiation process which began several weeks ago.The new contract covers approximately 860 represented bargaining unit employees from District Lodges #75, #166 and #725 which includes Locals #44, #610, #1163, #2024 and #2786 performing work for the Atlas V, Delta II and Delta IV Programs at both east and west coast ULA Launch Operations and Decatur Manufacturing Facility. The contract will become effective at 12:01a.m., May 7. Negotiations on the new contract officially started April 16 and ended May 2, with the ratification vote held today in all three geographical locations affected by this contract."We’re pleased that the employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have ratified an agreement that is key to continuing ULA’s success in the future," said Michael Gass, ULA President and Chief Executive Officer. “The represented employees’ contributions have propelled ULA forward in delivering critical capabilities for our nation and our customers. The negotiating teams worked very hard to improve the pay and benefits for the represented employees and to maintain ULA’s competitiveness and operational efficiency.”The government does a poor job of estimating what it will cost to tear down a nuclear reactor, Congressional auditors say, and it may not be overseeing plant owners well enough to assure that they set aside enough money to do the job.

gucci handbags outletFor a study it plans to issue on Monday, the Government Accountability Office scrutinized 12 of the nation's 104 power reactors and found that for 5 of them, the decommissioning cost calculated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was 76 percent or less of what the reactor's owner thought would be needed.The most striking example was Indian Point 3 in Buchanan, N.Y., which could be forced to close by 2015 because of a licensing dispute . The Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimated the cost of decommissioning the reactor at $474.2 million, just 57 percent of the "site-specific" estimate made by Entergy, the owner, which put the figure at $836.45 million.After reactors are retired, they must eventually be torn down and their radioactive components hauled away for burial, an expensive task . The process is full of uncertainties, including figuring out just when the plant will retire. So far reactors have generally shut down when the market for electricity softened or they ran into unexpected technical problems.The study was requested by Representative Edward J. Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who led a subcommittee with oversight over the commission when his party controlled the House. He pointed out that all of the 104 reactors now operating would eventually need to be decommissioned, and said that having enough money for the task was critical for protecting health and safety."Decommissioning funds are the 401(k)'s for America's nuclear power plants, and this new G.A.O. report indicates that the nation's plants are headed for a retirement meltdown,'' he said. "The N.R.C. appears to be inaccurately estimating the costs of decommissioning the nation's nuclear power plants and inadequately ensuring that owners are financially planning for the eventual shutdown of these plants.""It will be the public who'll pay the price if nuclear power plant owners come up short on the bill to safely close these plants," he said.
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