It seems a number of Lockheed Martin employees in Fort Worth are taking advantage of the opportunity to tell their bosses how to trim spending on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
Lockheed Martin officials, national and international dignitaries and military leaders from the U.S. and UK met in Fort Worth Thursday for the transfer of the first F-35B Joint Strike Fighter to one of its international partners on the project.
Lockheed Martin is making a big handoff on Thursday. Representatives from the United Kingdom will be in Fort Worth to take possession of the country’s first F-35 jet.
Union leaders say the company’s proposed changes to the pension plan, health costs and new hires policy were unacceptable.
A U.S. defense official says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is giving fresh backing to the Marine Corps’ version of the next-generation fighter jet, the F-35.
The company said Monday it expected most of the affected workers to leave by year end.