April 4, 2007
Ingalls strike ends
The Metal Trades Department (AFL-CIO) reports that more than 6,000 members of 15 unions at the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi have ratified the terms of a new three-year agreement by a 3 to 2 margin, ending the strike that has idled the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems yard since March 8th.
The workers will begin reporting back to shifts starting on Thursday morning, April 5.
"We're proud of the solidarity and commitment that the workers put on the line to bring about the kind of agreement that both the union and the company can be proud of," declared Metal Trades Department President Ron Ault. "The workers won additional security against the volatility of the Gulf's economy. The company will benefit from increased productivity, efficiency and enhanced morale."
Among the highlights of the agreement are: