Union Hopes To Represent Lockheed Flight Service Specialists

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The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has announced a campaign to organize the 1,200 Flight Service Specialists employed by Lockheed Martin Corporation. The specialists, who work at 18 sites in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, were employed by the FAA until last year when the work was contracted to Lockheed Martin. "With our 119 years of union history and our 720,000 members in the private, federal and transportation sectors, we see the important work of Flight Service Specialists in air traffic control as a natural fit," said union spokesman Rich Michalski. "After all, the IAM is already the largest union in air transport and aerospace manufacturing." The union currently has 35 contracts with Lockheed Martin covering more than 15,000 workers. The FSS transition hit a rough patch this summer, when the busy general aviation flying season kicked in as Lockheed was transitioning to a new computer system. Pilots have complained of long hold times and lost flight plans.