IBEW Approves New Contract With Northrop Grumman

72-percent of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 733 voted "yes" Wednesday to the latest proposed contract by Northrop Grumman. The key issues seem to have boiled down to wages and a lump sum bonus Ingalls wanted to pay its workers.

The contract is broken down into three 16-month periods. The first period involves a 55-cent increase with a three thousand dollar lump sum payment. The second period will include a 65-cent increase and the third period will include a 75-cent increase.

IBEW union leader Chico McGill believes the new contract will be less costly than was first anticipated, and said he feels outstanding about the outcome.

"It took a long time to get here. It's been a hard road. It's been probably one of the most curvaceous roads we've been down in a long time as far as how a contract is negotiated, but Northrop Grumman did the right thing," William "Chico" McGill said.

65 percent of the total membership voted Wednesday on the new contract.