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BIW to Begin Early Negotiations With Union

BATH, Maine (AP) _ Bath Iron Works and its largest union have begun negotiations aimed at getting a contract locked to help the shipyard's bid to build Coast Guard cutters.

The shipbuilder told Machinists Union Local S6 that it wants to negotiate a contract by year's end. Negotiations have been taking place this week at an offsite location.

The current contract expires on May 22 but the union has reserved the Augusta Civic Center for Sunday, Dec. 13, for a contact vote if an agreement can be reached before then.

The shipyard is one of three finalists to build cutters for the Coast Guard. The others are non-union shipyards.

Writing in the Portland Press Herald, former shipyard presidents Bill Haggett and Dugan Shipway encouraged the parties to come together to secure the yard's future.