Bath Iron Works, union in contract negotiations

The Associated Press
Posted May 10, 2012, at 11:18 a.m.

BATH, Maine — Union shipbuilders and Bath Iron Works are in the final weeks of contract talks and face a May 20 deadline to reach an agreement.

The Portland Press Herald said job security and pension benefits are the main issues for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents about 3,200 mechanics, fitters, welders, painters and electricians.

Union spokesman John Carr says wages and medical coverage are also issues, but to a lesser degree. The union wants a three- to five-year contract.

Negotiations continue as BIW competes against Huntington Ingalls Industries for DDG 51 destroyers the Navy will buy through fiscal 2017.

BIW President Jeff Geiger says the importance of succeeding in that competition cannot be overstated. Geiger says the company must continue to control costs in the shipyard. printed on April 26, 2017