Ben Russell, NBC 5 News
Machinist union workers will sit down with a mediator and Lockheed Martin for the first time since they went on strike nine weeks ago.
Lockheed Martin and its Machinists and Aerospace Union will attempt to negotiate on Wednesday for the first time since the workers went on strike nine weeks ago.
A federal mediator will explore settlement possibilities between the union and the company.
“The IAM welcomes the involvement of federal mediators and we’re looking forward to the face-to-face meetings with Lockheed,” said International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Vice President Mark Blondin.
Union members, representing 3,600 workers, rejected Lockheed Martin’s April contract offer that denied new hires from participating in traditional defined benefit pension plans.
“We welcome the opportunity to find a resolution to the strike,” said Lockheed Martin Director of Communication Joe Stout.
Production has been delayed since the strike started in April.
There is no official time line for how long the mediation will take.