Victory for Kentucky BAE Members

Solidarity paid off for 125 IAM Local 830 members at BAE Systems in Louisville, KY. They had been on strike since August 22.

After two weeks, 125 IAM members of Louisville, KY Local 830 have ratified a new offer from BAE Systems. They will return to work after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday.

Directing Business Representative Billy Stivers reports that the major issue of the strike—seniority rights for job bidding—was resolved, and the members overwhelmingly voted to ratify the new offer and return to work.

“Everyone stayed together, and didn’t cross the line,” said Stivers. “We all really appreciate the support we got from the Southern Territory and the Grand Lodge. It made the difference!”

“This is what it’s all about,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “When you stand together as one, you can win the day in Solidarity.”