Congresswoman Nikema Williams Leads Georgia Democratic Delegation in Effort to Protect Jobs for Georgians
ATLANTA – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) led the Georgia Democratic Congressional Delegation in an effort to protect union workers at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta. Lockheed Martin proposed outsourcing the facility’s 50-person strong Fire Safety Department. The workers are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local Lodge 709 and have provided 50 years of loyal service to Lockheed Martin.
In response Congresswoman Williams wrote a letter to the company, which the entire delegation signed, urging Lockheed Martin to work in good faith to protect the jobs and positions of the IAM Local Lodge 709 members.
The letter reads in part:
“The Lockheed Martin Marietta facility employs over 5,000 Georgians working across a 900-acre campus with myriad buildings, entryways, and corridors. As firefighters, first responders, and EMTs, the Marietta Fire Safety Department has decades of training and experience protecting the safety and health of the workforce, as well as the government funded assets, located on this large and complex campus. These workers have the institutional knowledge of this campus that is necessary to best protect their colleagues. We are concerned by the risks that could come with replacing this highly trained and experienced safety team with outside contractors with little knowledge of the facility.”
Click here to read the full text of the letter.