Lockheed Martin Reduces F-35 Jet Workflow as Production Slows

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Lockheed Martin Reduces F-35 Jet Workflow as Production Slows
F-35 Jet Production Facility in Ft. Worth

Lockheed Martin (LM) has announced an alternate work schedule for F-35 production line employees in Fort Worth to meet a slower workflow resulting from supplier delays.

LM and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) agreed to a new schedule starting May 23 which will divide each shift into three groups. On a rotation, each group will work for two weeks and then will have a week off.

The agreement allows employees to volunteer to be furloughed for 30 days where they maintain their benefits but forgo pay during this period, a LM release said.

During the adjusted three-week work schedule, employees who work 96 hours or more will be compensated an additional 24 hours for their off week while receiving full pay and benefits.

In addition, the agreement provides a work rhythm that retains the expertise of the talented workforce and provides opportunities to adjust work to better support production.

" The alternate work schedule maintains the specialized skillset of the employees and provides opportunities to for us to adjust our workflow to account for supplier delays due to COVID-19," said Aeronautics Executive Vice President Michele Evans.

The temporary alternate work schedule agreement will continue for its first three-week cycle. The company will then evaluate business needs and can alter the schedule as needed with the option to discontinue as warranted or continue until Sept. 4.

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