BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works has notified one of its unions that it plans to cut up to 250 jobs as design work slows down on the next-generation Zumwalt destroyer.
The shipyard on Friday notified the Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association of the layoffs, to be effective on June 24. It follows the layoffs of 130 designers in January and 130 workers engaged in construction the next month.
Spokesman Jim DeMartini says the shipyard has to balance its work force with the available workload in a period in which the Navy is buying fewer ships.
Sen. Olympia Snowe says the Navy needs to build up its fleet. She says that as of May 31, the Navy claimed a force of just 285 ships, far below the 313-ship minimum established by the Navy.
“Reports about the upcoming layoffs at BIW are disappointing, all the more so because it is the pride and professionalism of the BIW work force that underlies the well-earned reputation of Bath-built ships. Members of my staff and I are already preparing efforts in support of those who will lose their jobs. BIW is critical to maintaining the strength of our Navy, to equipping the fleet with the most advanced technologies available, and to fortifying our national security,” Snowe said.
“I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Navy to ensure that we provide the resources necessary to rebuild the size of our naval forces and maintain the workload at Bath Iron Works,” she said.