November 19, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Groton, CT – The union representing more than 2,000 designers, draftsmen, technical aides, and engineering support administrative personnel at the Electric Boat shipyard voted Nov. 10 to ratify a four-year contract that will give them 3% annual raises and a $1,000 signing bonus.
The Marine Draftsmen’s Association, United Auto Workers Local 571, voted 1,514-201 in favor. The union was able to preserve the current workweek of four 10-hour days and delay most workers being switched to a high-deductible health plan for two years, Local 571 President Bill Louis said. The plant was recently picked to build 12 new Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarines, and got the largest shipbuilding contract in Navy history in April 2014, for two Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines a year. “There are a few people that thought with all the work we’ve had, we could’ve gotten more,” Louis told the New London Day, but he pointed out that the largest union at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine accepted a wage freeze last December. Read more