PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

PaintSquare


Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Union, Shipyard Agree to Contract

Monday, July 17, 2017

More items for Program/Project Management
More items from North America

Comment | More

Union workers at United States’ largest shipyard voted Thursday (July 13) to approve a new contract, increasing wages and pensions and keeping health care costs for workers in check, but closing the company’s pension plan to new hires in favor of a retirement plan.

Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News Shipbuilding

Union workers at Newport News Shipbuilding, the country's largest shipyard, overwhelmingly approved a new contract that will run through late 2021.

United Steel Workers Local 8888 announced that, by a nine-to-one margin, members working at Newport News Shipbuilding approved a new contract the union had negotiated with shipyard owner Huntington Ingalls Industries.

The contract involves annual wage increases ranging from 1.5 percent in 2017 to 3 percent in both 2019 and 2020. Workers will receive a 2.6 percent raise in 2018. The contract took effect retroactive to Monday (July 10) and runs through November 2021.

Pensions and Health Care

According to HII, pensions for eligible employees who have been with the company consistently since 2004 or earlier will increase from $1,550 to $1,800, effective Oct. 1. New hires after July 10, however, will no longer participate in the pension plan; the company will instead offer a Retirement Account Contribution Plan.

According to a copy of the tentative agreement posted on the union's website before the vote, employees brought on between 2004 and 2017 will continue to be eligible for pension benefits based on 5.5 percent of the employee's total compensation.

Both sides say the new contract helps to keep health care costs for workers down. “Significant plan design changes were made to support lowering overall medical plan costs while securing health care premiums that will not considerably impact employee wage increases,” HII said in a press release.

“We looked out for members stuck in certain pay grades," Local 8888 president Arnold Outlaw said. "We rolled back health insurance premiums, and indeed, we rocked the boat with this contract!"

Other Language

Both sides also claimed secondary wins in the agreement.

“The agreement continues to include language that enables Newport News to maintain critical flexibility to get work, keep work and perform work in a cost-effective manner,” HII said.

For its part, the union said the contract includes signing bonuses and bolsters promotional opportunities for workers.

“This offer is fair, competitive in the industry and respectful of the needs of our great shipbuilders,” said Susan Jacobs, Newport News’ vice president of human resources and administration. “It’s an offer that also maintains our competitiveness in the shipbuilding industry and our flexibility to respond to our Navy customer’s needs in a cost-effective and timely manner. I applaud everyone who participated in the negotiations process.”

About NNS

Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer and builder of aircraft carriers, and one of two makers of submarines, for the U.S. Navy. Founded in 1886, the shipyard was bought by Northrop Grumman in 2001, and Huntington Ingalls was spun off from that company in 2011.

The shipyard employs about 20,000 people, making it the largest industrial employer in Virginia. USW represents nearly 10,000 workers at the site.

   

Tagged categories: Contracts; Labor; Newport News Shipbuilding; Ships and vessels; Shipyards; Unions

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
 
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors
 
Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.
IndustrialVacuum.com
 

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.
 
Portable Dust Collectors for Tough Environments
 
Trailer and skid-mounted models in numerous sizes, powered by electric and/or diesel. Sloped roofs, multiple dust inlets, high static, dampered fans. Lockable power & drive compartments.
 

 
Novatek Corporation
 
Dustless Coatings Removal
 
Novatek Corporation, Dustless Coatings Removal Strip, clean and profile all dust free! Comply with new lead standards. Contact today: (866) 563-7800 www.Novatekco.com
 

 
Tarps manufacturing, Inc.
 
QUALITY MADE IN AMERICA —Available near you!
 
CLICK to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tarps Manufacturing makes the highest-quality tarps right here in the USA — available nationwide.
 

 
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
 
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC
 
A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.
 

 
ARC / A.W. Chesterton Company
 
Rapid Curing Coating
 
Cures under adverse conditions with maximum adhesion
 

 
Bullard
 
Bullard Made in the USA
 
 

 
BASF
 
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water!
 
Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films www.basf.us/industrialcoatings dpsolutions@basf.com 800-231-7868
 

 
Sika-Us
 
Sika® Industrial Floor Coatings
 
Click to learn about floor and wall systems relied upon for performance, durability, easy maintenance and aesthetics across the every industry and environment.
 

 
Graco Inc.
 
Graco EcoQuip 2: Experience the Difference
 
While others claim their equipment is the same, none of them compare to Graco’s EcoQuip 2™ Vapor Abrasive® blasting line. Visit graco.com/ecoquip to learn more.
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy Policy (Updated 5/24/2018)   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us