July 23, 2024

IAM NASA Federal Contract Workers Rally for Back Pay

Machinists Union members who work at NASA as federal contract workers held a rally this weekend calling on Congress to swiftly pass legislation that grants back pay to federal contractors, just like federal workers.

The rally, hosted by IAM District 166 and Local 2061 in Cape Canaveral, FL, included IAM leadership, members, small federal contractors, local elected officials and members of the Space Coast community. The IAM also partnered with the Space Coast AFL-CIO and other community groups to collect/distribute food donations for workers impacted by the government shutdown.


The IAM has called on Congress to guarantee back pay for federal contract workers.

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“I will call this shutdown exactly what it is… a man-made disaster,” said Machinists Union Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “There is no reason why we should have to collect food here today for folks like our hard-working Machinists Union members who support critical government operations like NASA. A three-week reprieve from the chaos inflicted on our families and our community is not something to cheer about.”

“I want to remind everyone, this is our third shutdown that we have been impacted by in the last 12 months,” said Ed Grabowski, IAM Local 2061 President. “I am a proud U.S. Army veteran, and so is a large portion of the IAM Local 2061 membership. On one of our earlier shutdowns, some of our members on other contracts did not receive back pay for the pay they missed. This is unacceptable, we must all do our part since we only have a three-week reprieve. We must contact our elected officials, and encourage our family and friends to do the same.”

WATCH: “This is About Fairness”: Kennedy Space Center Contractors Rally for Back Pay


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