Bath Iron Works

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Union members have ratified a new contract with Bath Iron Works.

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Lawmakers and national union leaders rallied alongside members of Bath Iron Works’ largest union Saturday as the union continues to vote on a tentative contract agreement after a two-month long strike.

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Shipyard workers who have maintained pickets for nearly two months during a global pandemic are going to have the final say this week on a proposed labor pact at Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works. 

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A union representing striking production workers says a tentative agreement was reached with Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works to end a strike that stretched for more than a month during a global pandemic.

BATH, Maine - A shipyard workers' union in Maine says talks with a Navy shipbuilder appear to be "breaking down" amid a strike that has gone on for more than a month.

The union representing 4,300 striking shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works has requested through a federal mediator that both sides meet next week.

Both the union and company have been meeting separately with a mediator, but there have been no formal talks since the Machinists Local S6 went on strike June 22 after overwhelmingly rejecting the company's final offer.

There was no immediate comment Thursday from the company on the union's request for face-to-face meetings.

The union representing striking production workers at Bath Iron Works will meet with a federal mediator again on Tuesday.

The union also has written to Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite to clarify whether the Navy endorses the shipyard's use of subcontractors, a key point of contention between the company and production workers. In the letter, the union contends the shipyard has portrayed the Navy as backing the company's subcontracting efforts.

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Members of Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works’ biggest union continue to strike, and on Tuesday the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, or IAM, sent a letter to Congress urging politicians to support striking workers.

BATH, Maine - A strike at Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works has entered a fourth week with no talks between the company and the union representing 4,300 production workers.

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Bath Iron Works says it has filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Local S6 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which has been on strike since June 21.

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Bath Iron Works has announced that it will temporarily lay off workers as a strike from its largest union extends into a third week.

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Striking union workers at Bath Iron Works are awaiting the outcome of the company's meeting with a federal mediator, as the strike enters its 16th day.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

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.

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Bath Iron Works says it plans to bring in more subcontractors to avoid falling further behind on production during a strike.

BIW Strike Enters Week 2 As Contract Negotiations Stall

Jun 29, 2020
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

As the strike at Bath Iron Works enters its second week, negotiations have yet to resume between the company and its largest union.

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