Facebook has been busy during our strike. There are several pages out there, some open, some closed. We need to remind everyone about the nature of Facebook. It’s a fun and sometimes informative place for folks to talk and vent. But it’s also a place for rumors, and that’s not always a good thing. Plus, some people with agendas, good and bad, will try to use it to do things that aren’t in the best interests of the striking members of DL 776.
Remember that reading a rumor on Facebook doesn’t make it true. This person hears this. This person said that. I heard this from inside the factory.
There are only a few places to get the FACTS. This website, your elected representatives and your elected Negotiating Committee are where you get the facts. If it doesn’t come from these sources, it probably isn’t true.
Long before the negotiations started, your Negotiating Committee met at the Winpisinger Center, and planned out these negotiations, working with the Aerospace Coordinators and Southern Territory Staff. We planned the issues around the surveys and the shop floor issues that mean so much to all of us, and we came out of those sessions united toward the common goal of a contract keeping the good health care and pensions so many before us fought to get.
The Negotiating Committee and IAM Staff committed at that time to run the most transparent negotiations this District has ever seen, and we have kept that commitment. We have continued that commitment throughout our strike. Never in our past have we provided the amount of communications with our membership as we are currently providing.
Members of your Negotiating Committee are at the hall nearly every day, as well as District and Grand Lodge Staff. We are always here to talk to you and answer questions.
There are plenty of false rumors coming out of the factory. Of course, this should be expected. Lockheed Martin is probably paying some PR firm lots of money to try to put things out to hurt our morale. We also have folks that want to cross the line, but they don’t want to do so alone, so they are trying to entice others to go with them in a group, so as to camouflage their individual lapse of judgment.
Here’s the bottom line and the easy way: Check our website. If you have questions, your Negotiating Committee and Leadership are always here at the hall to answer them.
Here’s the most important thing to remember: If we weren’t hurting Lockheed in the pocketbook, they wouldn’t be so damned eager to try to divide us and hurt our morale. Our strike has been extremely strong, and the ONLY way to make our sacrifice worthwhile is to see it through, standing strong together.
You have made our Union PROUD, standing together so strong. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and we have proven to all that we are true heirs of the Texas tradition of Fighting Machinists.