Union Strike May Affect Next NASA Space Shuttle Launch

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The local chapter of International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers representing employees in the NASA KSC area has rejected an offer from United Space Alliance. There is a 5 day cooling off period now in effect during which both sides will try and work out their differences.

Should no agreement be reached the employees could go on strike - perhaps as early as 9 June. The next shuttle mission is scheduled to launch on 8 June.

No word yet as to whether this threat of a strike will affect launch preparations for STS-117.


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