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    Default Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

    BATH, Maine — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the largest union at Bath Iron Works charging an arbitrator in a high-profile grievance with ruling in favor of the shipyard’s management as a way of removing himself from the company’s “strike list.”

    Local S6 of the machinists union filed suit in May against BIW, alleging arbitrator James S. Cooper showed “sufficient partiality” when he ruled in February that the company did not violate the existing contract by outsourcing work, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

    The union alleged that during a September 2015 meeting with Local S6 President Richard Nolon and company representative Dana McIntire, Cooper said “that he had gone six years without hearing a case between the parties because he had angered BIW’s then-director of labor relations Gerald Stergio with his award in the ‘no smoking’ dispute. He further stated to Mr. Nolon that he did not want to continue on the ‘strike list.’”

    According to the union, Cooper served as an arbitrator in labor cases 15 times between 2001 and 2009, but since ruling in favor of the union in September 2009, he had not been chosen to handle any case by the parties. The suit asked the court to vacate Cooper’s February ruling in the grievance related to outsourcing.
    https://bangordailynews.com/2016/08/...bitrator-bias/

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    Default Re: Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

    The first post is old but shows these men and women have always had to fight for a fair contract.
    These workers are back on strike and are now losing their healthcare during the pandemic. The company is also replacing some workers with scab labor.

    Striking shipbuilders are losing health coverage in pandemic
    The stakes are growing in a strike against Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works during a global pandemic as company-provided health insurance is running out for 4,300 shipbuilders who’ve left their jobs.
    Striking workers from Machinists Union Local S6 will be responsible for their own insurance effective Wednesday, just days after three workers who carpooled together tested positive for the coronavirus.
    At least one of those three workers who tested positive had been on the picket line in Bath, a union spokesman said.
    Striking workers said Tuesday they were determined to press on even with the strike as tens of thousands of people remain unemployed in Maine, and several states report surging cases of COVID-19.
    The workers are striking over subcontracting, work rules and seniority, while wages and benefits are a secondary concern. The company’s final offer called for a three-year contract with pay raises of 3% in each year.
    https://apnews.com/0dd00c7daedc36a8b23baa981472456a

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    Default Re: Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

    These union members are walking the picket line for 6 weeks now.

    Bath shipyard union rallies as strike enters sixth week
    The largest union at Bath Iron Works, now entering its sixth week on strike, held a rally Saturday morning calling for a fair contract after negotiations stalled over a month ago.
    Union leaders and Maine lawmakers spoke to the hundreds of union members, reiterating the union’s forceful rejection of the shipyard’s proposed 3-year contract. The crowd then marched down Washington Street, strike signs held aloft, to the South Gate of the shipyard where they chanted for “scabs” — subcontractors who work during the strike or union members who cross the picket line — to leave.
    “The dedicated men and women of Local S6 have fought and will continue to fight for the thousands of Local S6 members to ensure job security and a healthy economic future,” said Local S6 President Chris Wiers. “We are the backbone of BIW and we will not be broken.”
    Machinist Union Local S6, which represents 4,300 of the shipyard’s 6,700 employees, went on strike June 22 after rejecting the 3-year contract proposal over disagreements about the company’s plans to continue hiring subcontractors and proposed changes to worker seniority privileges.
    The story continues with political leaders weighing in and the company wanting flexibility to sub-contract.

    https://www.pressherald.com/2020/07/...rs-sixth-week/

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    Default Re: Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

    Another story on the Bath Iron works employees on strike.

    Maine Voices: BIW workers are pushed to settle, but no one’s making demands of General Dynamics
    Bath Iron Works’ history (going back to 1884) is rooted in Maine; for a long time the yard was engaged in both commercial and military shipbuilding; a reputation for quality was established. The last commercial vessel was built in the early 1980s. The scales began to tip toward military shipbuilding during the World War II era. Since the ’80s military shipbuilding has been a stable and profitable business model.
    In sum, General Dynamics is a successful, profit-driven corporate entity. Stockholders, high-level executives and skilled personnel all benefit. From three consecutive years, General Dynamics’ CEO averaged $20 million a year in compensation. Its next four executive officers each average between $4 million and $5 million a year. The BIW yard has a 10-year backlog of work; it has had this backlog, this profitable cushion of work, for over 20 years. The needs of the Pentagon never end.
    That brings us to the present strike of BIW’s rank and file workers. It’s been 20 years since the last strike at the yard – but the two walkouts are eerily similar. In 2000 and in 2020, the workers were and are concerned with job security (the company’s use of cross-training and/or sub-contractors); work and seniority rules, and pay. In 2000 and 2020 the walkouts came shortly after BIW had successfully squeezed state and local governments for tax subsidies ($197 million in 1998; $45 million in 2018) – subsidies the unions vocally supported on behalf of BIW thinking that would sweeten the next round of contract talks.
    The 2000 strike lasted 55 days before the union caved; the 2020 strike has now run 43 days.
    https://www.pressherald.com/2020/08/...eral-dynamics/

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    Default Re: Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Another story on the Bath Iron works employees on strike.

    Maine Voices: BIW workers are pushed to settle, but no one’s making demands of General Dynamics




    https://www.pressherald.com/2020/08/...eral-dynamics/
    I have issues with General Dynamics. I had two family members that worked at the location in Ontario, CA when the company closed it's doors and moved elsewhere and left a whole lot of people out of work.

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    Default Re: Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

    A tentative agreement has been reached after 6 weeks on strike.

    Shipyard, union reach tentative deal to end strike in Maine
    Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works and production workers reached a tentative agreement to end a strike that has stretched on for more than a month during a pandemic, officials announced Saturday.
    The proposal, which was unanimously endorsed by the union's negotiating team, will be put forth to the 4,300 members of Machinists Local S6 later this month, said Jay Wadleigh, a district union official.
    A federal mediator helped to bring the two sides together on subcontracting, seniority and work rules. The tentative agreement, reached late Friday, retains the company’s proposal for annual wage increases of 3% over three years, along with some health care improvements, Wadleigh said.
    “It preserves our subcontracting process, protects seniority provisions and calls for a collaborative effort to get back on schedule,” he said.
    The shipyard, a major employer in Maine with 6,800 workers, has been undergoing a transition as aging workers reach retirement. The shipyard hired 1,800 workers last year and expects to hire 1,000 workers this year. Despite all of the new workers, who must be trained, the shipyard said it needs the flexibility of hiring subcontractors.

    The last strike, in 2000, lasted 55 days.
    https://martinsvillebulletin.com/new...ee315305a.html

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    Default Re: Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

    Voting has started on the new contract at Bath Iron Works. This should be completed by Sunday.

    Union workers at Bath Iron Works start voting on new contract
    Union workers at Bath Iron works started voting on a proposed contract Friday after more than eight weeks on strike.
    If it passes, the more than 4,300 employees represented by the Local S6 union could be back to work as soon as Monday.
    The voting is happening online and via phone, instead of in person, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The Machinists Local S6 union first went on strike on June 22 after they reached a stalemate with shipyard leadership.
    A federal mediator had to be brought in to restart negotiations and hash out a deal. A tentative agreement was reached two weeks ago.
    https://www.newscentermaine.com/arti...1-7dfe5aeddf5e

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    Default Re: Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

    A new 3 year contract has been approved.

    Shipbuilders approve 3-year pact, ending monthslong strike at Bath Iron Works
    A 63-day strike at Bath Iron Works — against the backdrop of a pandemic in an election year — came to an end Sunday with shipbuilders voting to return to their jobs producing warships for the United States Navy.
    With the approval of a three-year contract, the 4,300 production workers represented by Machinists Local S6 will begin returning to work on Monday.
    Shipbuilders represented by Machinists Local S6 got most of what they wanted when it came to work rules and maintaining the status quo for hiring of subcontractors, along with the previous proposal’s annual pay raises of 3% for three years. The company got streamlined rules for hiring subcontracting, and a commitment to work together to get back on track.
    The strike was the first in 20 years at Bath Iron Works. There was enough trust between management and the union in 1994 that a contract was approved allowing cross-training of workers under a formula called a “High Performance Work Organization.” Then-President Bill Clinton visited the shipyard to praise the collaboration.
    https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-...th-iron-works/

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