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Union Meets With Mediator As Shipyard Strike Enters 3rd Week

Willis Ryder Arnold
Maine Public
Union workers picket at Bath Iron Works June 22, 2020..

BATH, Maine - The union representing striking shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works is meeting with a federal mediator as the strike enters a third week.

The negotiating committee of Machinists Local S6 was to meet with a federal mediator Monday, and a meeting between the mediator and the company is expected later in the week.

Shipbuilders went on strike June 22 after 87% of those who voted rejected the company's final, three-year contract offer.

The labor dispute focuses more on work rules, seniority and subcontractors than on the company's wage and benefits proposal. Workers would've received pay raises of 3% per year.