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IAM strikers protest outside of KSC's South Gate



 ULA workers affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers picketed outside Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Photo Credit: Christopher Paul / SpaceFlight Insider [KennedySpaceCenteronThursdayMay102018Photocredit:ChristopherPaul/SpaceFlightInsider</p>
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1; Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ( IAMAW ) have started picketing United Launch Alliance (ULA) practices at Cape Canaveral, Florida; Decatur, Alabama; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

ULA's "last, best, and final offer" of a contract.

According to the ULA's new contract requires workers to relocate long distances for up to six months with very little notice, and to work. The IAM is concerned that the ULA is attempting to replace workers with sub-contractors.

 Rather than being concerned about economic issues, this strike has been described as being about fairness in terms of mandatory travel, overtime and other issues. Photo Credit: Michael Howard / SpaceFlight Insider

Rather than being concerned about economic issues, this strike has been described as being about fairness in terms of mandatory travel, overtime and other issues. Photo Credit: Michael Howard / SpaceFlight Insider

Workers say they will continue to strike and pick up the company's demands on their behalf, which will make them redundant and based on seniority. Workers therefore want to be replaced.

United Launch Alliance has said that its contract offer is fair, competitive, and better than anything offered by its competitors. Workers say, however, that SpaceX's entrance into the launch market has been triggered;

ULA has agreed to meet with the IAM and a federal negotiator in Glendale, California. Kevin DiMeco, the Vice President with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is optimistic that the situation will be resolved amicably. DiMeco so wanted to emphasize that the dispute is not about money, but about the unfair disruptions to workers' lives.

"It's kind of unacceptable, you know what I mean? They may not come up with any kind of warning or preparation, "DiMeco told SpaceFlight Insider .

The meeting with federal negotiations is tentatively scheduled to take place in Glendale, California at May 15.

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Christopher Paul

Christopher Paul has had a lifelong interest in spaceflight. He began writing about his interest in the Florida Tech Crimson. His primary areas of interest are in historical space systems and present and past planetary exploration missions. He lives in Kissimmee, Florida, and so enjoys cooking and photography. Paul saw his first Space Shuttle Launched in 2005 when he moved to Central Florida to attend classes at the Florida Institute of Technology.
 
Paul is particularly interested in the renewed effort to land. He has covered several launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral for space blogs before joining SpaceFlight Insider in mid-2017.


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