Bath shipyard union ratifies 4-year contract

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BATH — Members of Bath Iron Works’ largest union ratified the shipyard’s proposed new four-year contract on May 20.

About 2,000 votes were cast by members of Local S6, BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini said. Of those, 82.5 percent favored the contract and 17.5 percent were opposed.

“We’re very pleased the Local S6 membership ratified the new contract so we can continue the business of providing Bath-built ships to the Navy,” DeMartini said in a statement. “The negotiating teams did an excellent job hammering out a fair agreement for our employees that will improve our competitive position to secure future work.”

Local S6’s previous contract ran from May 19, 2008, to May 20, 2012. The new agreement took effect May 21, DeMartini said.

The union has about 3,200 members, Local S6 President Dan Dowling said on Wednesday. While the new contract calls for no raises in the first year, members are due to receive a $3,000 bonus, and they will receive wage increases of between 2.25 and 2.75 percent in the second through fourth years, he said.

“I think we negotiated a very fair contract, and obviously the members agree with us, because they ratified it overwhelmingly,” Dowling said.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.