Local Lodge 2061 is a sponsor for a rally to be held April, 11th at Cocoa Expo. Many community organizations, businesses, faith based groups, unions, Florida Today and Brevard County are sponsoring, as well. Congressman Bill Posey has confirmed as a speaker. We have requested Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and retired astronauts to speak also. The gates are tentatively scheduled to open at 3:00 pm with the program starting at 4:00 pm. There will be music and attractions for the children. Once again, I am asking those members interested in saving their jobs to volunteer as marshals and other logistical duties. We are hopeful we can build on the momentum of the February 27th rally and gain congressional support for the continuation of human space flight at Kennedy Space Center. Please, call me if you are interested in helping.
President Barack Obama's proposed budget promises to send thousands of U.S. space workers to a new frontier: the unemployment line.
The president is proposing to shut down NASA's Constellation program and contract the work to private companies. Constellation's mission is to return man to the Moon, and ultimately Mars. The budget provision, if passed, could mean the loss of tens of thousands of jobs across the country and an end to our nation's role as the leader in space technology and exploration.
Tell Congress to vote yes for the continuation of NASA's manned space program and to protect American jobs.
Nearly 2,000 Space Coast workers, family members and community activists gathered near the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida, to hear labor leaders call for an end to government plans to outsource critical NASA programs, including include lunar landers, moon bases and the manned shuttle program.
Concern is widespread that President Obama’s proposal to pull the plug on funding for the Constellation and Shuttle programs could cost an estimated 9,000 space jobs. Another 20,000 jobs could be affected as the ripple effect moved across Brevard County, where unemployment is already at 12.1 percent.
“Ending these programs will shatter many vibrant communities here in Florida and across America,” said Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez (pictured at right). “Thirty thousand or more jobs are at risk – these people are the greatest in the world at what they do – what a loss this would be for our nation.”
“This is no time to tear out the foundation of this community,” declared AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka. “At a time when so many Florida breadwinners are out of work or working part-time, when over half a million in Florida have lost their homes, does it really make sense to pile on more misery?”
Calling the Shuttle shutdown and the Constellation cancellation an "economic meltdown of epic proportions," a state union leader warned that the effects would be felt across Florida. “The ripples from this thing are going to hit everybody,” said Rich Templin, AFL-CIO state spokesman.
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