Bath Iron Works and worker’s union come to tentative agreement
BATH, Maine (WABI) - After weeks of protests, Bath Iron Works has finally come to a tentative agreement with Local S6, the union that represents more than 4,000 ship builders in Maine.
The three year agreement, which was reached Friday night, is being sent out to S6 union members to be voted on in the coming weeks.
The agreement would also keep the same subcontracting language and protect seniority, two of the top issues that led to the beginning of the strike in late June.
“What we were able to accomplish at the negotiating table is a testament to the strength and solidarity of our membership...I am incredibly proud of our entire team and we’re excited to get back to work building the best ships in the world for the U.S. Navy,” said Local S6 President Chris Wiers.
“We worked hand-in-hand with the union negotiating committee to ensure that we addressed the concerns of our valued employees,” BIW President Dirk Lesko said. “We are hopeful they will return to work soon so we can get on with our important mission of building ships for the U.S. Navy.”
“We appreciate the hard work of all who contributed to this effort, including both the BIW and LS6 negotiating committees as well as the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, who will continue to work with both parties to implement the agreement when it is ratified,” said Lesko. “This agreement, coupled with our hiring initiatives and major investments in facilities and production processes, positions BIW and LS6 to partner together to improve schedule performance, restore the yard’s competitiveness and ensure Bath Built remains Best Built for generations to come.”
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