Newport News Shipbuilding and union reach agreement in principle on contract

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No date has been set for a members-only ratification vote.

by: Nathan Crawford, Associated press

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Newport News Shipbuilding has entered into a five-year interim contract with its largest union.

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On January 29, officials from United Steelworkers Local Chapter 8888 said they had rhas reached a new agreement with Huntington Ingalls Industries on a 60-month contract. The agreement was reached after several “intense” meetings.

“This is a solid contract with the upgrades we’ve fought hard to get,” said Charles Spivey, President of Local 8888. our members right now.We have held on to be treated and rewarded as essential shipbuilders.

Union members will be asked to vote on the deal, which will last for five years and will include wage increases and pension improvements, among other things. No date has been set for a members-only ratification vote.

Newport News Shipbuilding released the following statement:

“Working diligently with the USW leadership bargaining team, we reached a tentative agreement on Friday January 28th. Over the coming week, we will publish the terms of the tentative agreement, including information on wages, health care and pensions, to ensure all employees have a full agreement. and a clear understanding of the deal before the next employee vote. In the meantime, we are pleased that the union continues to honor all current contract terms and that we continue to fulfill our mission of building ships for the United States Navy.

Danny Hernandez, Newport News shipbuilding spokesperson

This the agreement comes almost three months after members of United Steelworkers Local 8888 have rejected a previous five-year tentative collective agreement. According to to a Facebook postthis vote received a total of 1,996 votes – 1,312 people voted no and 684 voted yes.

Newport News Shipbuilding is Virginia’s largest industrial employer and a key player in the Navy’s modernization efforts. There are 12,000 workers in the collective bargaining union.

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