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03/14/03

More Unions Approve New Contract

Ingalls' largest union group, the Metal Trades Council, approved a new contract with Northrop Grumman Friday by a two to one margin. Two more unions must vote on the offer Saturday.

Two weeks ago the nine unions within the Metal Trades Council voted down the 43 month contract that offered a $1.65 raise over the contract period. Now workers have been offered a 48 month contract with a $1.95 raise and lower prescription drug benefits.

Dave Rush has worked at Ingalls for more than 40 years. He says the new proposal is fair.

"There may be a few things in there that needed to be changed but nobody can get everything they want. So we're just gonna have to live with some things," Rush said.

But not all union members are for the contract. Kathy Coleman voted no last time, and again Friday.

"A lot of them don't like it but they're willing to accept it to get it on over with," Coleman said.

"I don't think people could stand a strike I know I can't. A lot of people don't realize it ain't too easy when you get outside the gate. There ain't too many jobs in Jackson County," Dave Rush said.

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