Bath Iron Works, union reach tentative deal on 4-year contract

The Associated Press
Posted May 17, 2012, at 2:14 p.m.

BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works and its largest union have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract.

John Carr from the Machinists Union and Jim DeMartini from Bath Iron Works confirmed the agreement, reached around midnight. The 3,200 workers represented by Machinists Local S6 will vote on it Sunday.

Carr said Thursday that he didn’t have details on the wage increase, but he said it will become the “industry leader.” He said it provides security both for shipbuilders and the shipyard.

DeMartini said the tentative agreement calls for “competitive wages and benefits to our employees while placing the company in a good position to compete for future shipbuilding contracts.”

The current four-year contract expires this Sunday. Shipbuilders will vote on the new contract at the Augusta Civic Center.

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