Ma­chin­ists pres­i­dent seeks pres­sure for ship­builder

Antelope Valley Press - - BUSINESS -

BATH, Maine — The in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent of the Ma­chin­ists union is call­ing on Congress to pres­sure Navy ship­builder Bath Iron Works to re­turn to the bar­gain­ing ta­ble and ne­go­ti­ate a fair agree­ment with strik­ing work­ers.

“The Ma­chin­ists Union is ready and will­ing to work with all part­ners in our ef­fort to save these vi­tally im­por­tant jobs and en­sure that the nec­es­sary skilled work­force is avail­able to con­tinue to build the world’s great­est ships for the US Navy,” Pres­i­dent Robert Martinez Jr. wrote on Tues­day.

Both sides have met with a fed­eral me­di­a­tor.

About 4,300 Lo­cal S6 pro­duc­tion work­ers went on strike June 22 af­ter re­ject­ing a three-year con­tract pro­posal from the com­pany. There have been no talks since then.

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