Union Strike May Affect Next NASA Space Shuttle Launch


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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