Workers on strike at Marion, a defense contractor in Virginia | WJHL

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – Reports indicate that more than 200 workers may be on strike after contract negotiations went sour at a defense contractor’s campus in Marion, Va., a worker said.

The company is General Dynamics Missions Systems.

In a statement to News Channel 11, a worker said the strike stemmed from dissatisfaction with pay rates offered in recent offers. An official United Auto Workers Chapter 2850 platform has not been released.

General Dynamics Missions Systems executives confirmed to News Channel 11 on Saturday that they were aware of the employee strike.

“We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement with the UAW 2850,” said company spokesman Tom Crosson. “We will continue to work with union representatives and our employees to develop a mutually beneficial agreement. »

There has been no word yet on the strike’s impact on Marion’s campus operations.

According to company job postings, General Dynamics Mission Systems is hiring for 73 different positions within the Marion, Virginia campus.

General Dynamics provides a wide variety of technologies to the United States Armed Forces, including the development of new “highly lethal” ground vehicles, a new version of the Abrams tank, and anti-drone systems like the DroneDefender jamming device. The Mission Systems wing of the company’s Marion website lists radar enclosures, aircraft parts and military shelters among locally manufactured products.

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