With Strike Over, Focus Turns to Disagreement Btwn Candidates on the 6,000 Jobs That Depend on F-35 Fighter Project
Moments ago, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) voted to ratify an agreement with Lockheed Martin thus ending the strike that began on April 23rd. Lockheed Martin, and specifically the F-35 fighter jet project, have been a major point of contention in the ongoing Democratic primary runoff race for Texas' new congressional district 33. Over 6,000 jobs are dependent on the F-35 project and, as documented by local news reports, the entire regional economy is highly dependent on the F-35 project.
State Representative Marc Veasey, candidate for TX-33, has been adamant in his support of the F-35 project. His opponent, Domingo Garcia, has repeatedly stated his opposition to the project.
Below is a statement from Rep. Veasey on today's agreement:
"The end of this strike is great news for Lockheed Martin, the people who work there now and those who will work there in the future. It is also great news for the local businesses and their employees who saw a significant drop in business during the strike. I congratulate both labor and company leadership for working through hard negotiations to reach an agreement.
This strike made it clear that the economy in our region is highly dependent on the jobs and economic growth that come with the F-16 and F-35 fighter jet projects at Lockheed. While the strike is over, the people in North Texas should remember that I am the only candidate running for the new 33rd congressional district who supports keeping the F-35 fighter at Lockheed. My opponent has stated plainly and repeatedly that he does not support and will not fight to keep the F-35 fighter. He will let the F-35 and the over 6,000 jobs it supports in North Texas go away. His irresponsible stand on the F-35 not only harms those who work at Lockheed Martin, it hurts the economy in our entire reg