Machinists president seeks pressure for shipbuilder
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.