Itsy Bitsy, a sharp fingered, anti-union blogger whose ire was mostly directed at the Machinists members and leadership during the recent strike, now has Lockheed Martin management in her sights.
Itsy, who apparently is the spouse of an engineer or one of those middle management personnel that worked on the assembly and flight lines in the Fort Worth plant during the strike, posts that Lockheed management is now beating up on the ranks of those people that kept some production going.
They are the ones who voluntarily gave up their free time to work the overtime required to keep the F-35 line moving. Yes, they were paid nicely for showing up, but they did more than just show up...
They worked. They achieved. They set records. They moved mountains. They solved problems. They broke bottlenecks. They worked through breaks and lunches and sometimes even dinner. They willingly set aside the mantles of leadership (and accompanying egos) and got busy turning wrenches, hanging doors, installing engines and passing inspections. Without the knowledge, expertise, skill and hard-charging attitudes of these folks, nothing that the company achieved during the strike would have been possible. Nothing. ... It was the supervisors, associate managers, managers and other salaried personnel who made it happen.
Guess Lockheed management is tired of hearing complaints from the government about continued delays and cost increases on the F-35. And getting their profits cut! There's nothing like seeing $500 million disappear
to focus management's attention on doing something and finding someone to blame, even the non-union members.