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LOCKHEED MARTIN WORKERS TO VOTE ON NEW CONTRACT.

Byline: Jim Skeen Daily News Staff Writer

Members of a union representing 1,270 Lockheed Martin ``Skunk Works'' employees will vote today whether they should accept a new three-year contract or go on strike next week.

The contract for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 727P, needs a simple majority for approval. If the contract is rejected, union officials said, the members will go on strike Wednesday.

``It's in the hands of the membership,'' said Gary Holt, the union's area manager. ``The negotiating committee is recommending the contract because it believes anything more would take a prolonged strike. We're putting the call with the membership.''

There were small changes between the pact up for consideration and the one the union rejected in March, Holt said.

Changes include getting back one of two holidays cut in the March contract proposal; having cost-of-living allowances paid upfront at the beginning of the second and third years of the pact instead of earning them after each three-month period; and increasing payment for auto travel from 25 cents per mile to 29 cents per mile.

The proposed contract retains the same pay provisions from the pact rejected in March - a $2,000 lump sum bonus to each worker this year followed by 3 percent lump sum bonuses in 1997 and 1998.

Among the reasons cited by workers for rejecting the proposal was the lack of a wage increase and pension benefits.

The last contract offer was rejected when 67 percent of the membership of union's Local 727P voted against the pact. A similar tally, 68 percent, voted to authorize a strike. A strike was averted when both parties agreed to have a mediator step in and assist with the contract negotiations.

The Skunk Works is known for building top-secret aircraft such as the Blackbird spy planes during the 1960s and the F-117A stealth fighters during the 1980s.

With more than $40 billion in backlogged orders and $23 billion in annual sales, Lockheed Martin is the world's largest aerospace and defense corporation.
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