MARIETTA, Ga. -- Workers at the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta will not be affected by the layoff of 3000 workers announced Friday by the company.
But they are bracing for possible work stoppages if the shutdown continues.
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"A lot of them are saving their paychecks and trying to get by day by day," said Perry Gulledge, President of Local Lodge 709, a union that represents about half of the plant's workers. "We're hoping for the best but planning for the worst."
Gulledge said it appears salaried workers will be the ones hit by the 3000 layoffs. That doesn't include his plant workers. But a lot of their work must be certified by federal inspectors, many of whom are furloughed. If the work backs up beyond a manageable degree, hundreds of workers could be laid off in shifts for days. That could happen if the shutdown continues for another week or more.
"Information seems to be coming hour by hour now, we don't know what's going on," Gulledge said. "I'm hoping our kindergarten congress will get off their backsides and do their jobs so we won't have to worry about all this."