Machinists Denounce F-22 Funding Cut | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 09.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.29.14**
** Airborne 09.26.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.26.14 **
** Airborne 09.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.24.14 **

Mon, Apr 06, 2009

Machinists Denounce F-22 Funding Cut

Cites Need For Air Superiority, "Short-Term Economic Stimulus"

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) denounced Monday the decision by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates to end funding for the F-22 Raptor, calling the plane "the next-generation fighter aircraft that would have assured US air superiority for years to come."

"Not only is the decision to cut funding for the F-22 shortsighted militarily, but our economy can ill afford to disperse the thousands of aerospace jobs required to design, construct and maintain aircraft of this caliber," said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. "We simply cannot afford to cannibalize our national defense to repair damage caused by reckless financial institutions and greed-crazed corporate executives."

More than 2,000 Lockheed Martin workers, many represented by the IAM, assemble the F-22 Raptor at the company’s facility in Cobb County, Georgia. In addition to jobs directly related to production and assembly, as many as 25,000 jobs nationwide are indirectly supported by the program.

"The need for long-term air superiority is no less important than the need for short-term economic stimulus," said IAM Vice President Rich Michalski, who oversees the union’s aerospace operations. "The benefits of the F-22 program extend far beyond the aircraft itself. It creates and supports thousands of good-paying jobs when we need them most, and nearly all technological advances in the commercial aviation sector have their genesis in taxpayer-supported military programs like the F-22."

"The economy is tough enough," IAM spokesman Tom Buffenbarger told WSB-750 in Atlanta. "The cost of shutting down this line and the devastating effect that has on communities -- whether in Seattle, Marietta, Georgia or Fort Worth, Texas... is unconscionable."

The IAM is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing nearly 700,000 active and retired members in dozens of industries, including Lockheed's assembly plant in Marietta, GA.

FMI: www.goiam.org, www.lockheedmartin.com, www.defenselink.mil

Advertisement

More News

AeroSports Update: 38th World Military Parachuting Championship

Countries From Around The World Participated In The 38th World Military Parachuting Championship Competition In Indonesia The competition is part of a program administered through >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.01.14)

NBAA/CAN Soiree One of the much-anticipated events of the NBAA conference, being held this year in Orlando.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.01.14): Fixed Slot

A fixed, nozzle shaped opening near the leading edge of a wing that ducts air onto the top surface of the wing.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.01.14)

“SNC is offering access to crewed or uncrewed space missions." Source: John Roth, vice president of business development for SNC’s Space Systems.>[...]

ANN FAQ: Feel The Propwash!

Get Aero-News Delivered To Your E-Mail We know you, like many of our readers, make it a point to check out the latest news and information daily on Aero-News... but did you know th>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC