Bath Iron Works' largest union votes to strike

THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE | Bath Iron Works' largest union voted in favor of a strike on Sunday, one week after its negotiating committee firmly rejected the shipbuilder's contract offer.

With 85 percent of the membership participating, the strike authorization vote came in at 87 percent in favor of a walkout, Machinists Union Local S6 leader Chris Weirs told local media - well in excess of the two-thirds margin required. "BIW employees voted on Sunday not to accept the Company’s last, best and final offer for a new collective bargaining agreement. Employees also voted to authorize a strike," said Bath Iron Works communications principal David Hench in a statement Sunday. "We obviously are disappointed by this result, but are prepared should a strike occur. BIW will be making additional information available to its employees in the near-term so they can plan accordingly."

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