BIW accuses union of misrepresenting its contract proposal

Bath Iron Works is accusing the leadership of its largest union of misrepresenting the Navy shipbuilder’s contract proposal to ensure a strike, but the company says it’s ready to resume negotiations. More than 4,000 members of Machinists Union Local S6 went on strike Monday after overwhelmingly rejecting the company’s three-year proposal. The proposal would give shipbuilders a 3% raise in each of the three years. But the shipbuilders’ union objected to the hiring of subcontractors and more than a dozen changes it considered to be concessions. Bath Iron Works is one of the Navy’s five largest shipbuilders and a major employer in Maine, with 6,800 workers.

Bath Iron Works is accusing the leadership of its largest union of misrepresenting the Navy shipbuilder’s contract proposal to ensure a strike, but the company says it’s ready to resume negotiations.

More than 4,000 members of Machinists Union Local S6 went on strike Monday after overwhelmingly rejecting the company’s three-year proposal.

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The proposal would give shipbuilders a 3% raise in each of the three years.

But the shipbuilders’ union objected to the hiring of subcontractors and more than a dozen changes it considered to be concessions.

Bath Iron Works is one of the Navy’s five largest shipbuilders and a major employer in Maine, with 6,800 workers.