Could a Union Strike Ground the Pentagon's New Jet?

| Mon Apr. 23, 2012 4:13 PM EDT

The union builders of one of the Pentagon's priciest pieces of equipment are going on strike, threatening the beleaguered trillion-dollar program and the Beltway contractors who are counting on it.

Last Sunday, workers at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth, Texas, construction plant voted by more than a 9-to-1 margins to strike for better conditions. The plant's 3,600 union machinists handle most of the parts and assembly for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an over-budget, under-performing, behind-schedule fighter jet that's on record as one of the biggest wastes of money in Pentagon history.

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